TYLER – Angelina College basketball teams both suffered tough road losses in Wednesday's doubleheader in Tyler, with the Lady Roadrunners falling 72-58 and the Roadrunners dropping a 92-89 squeaker to the Apaches.
AC's basketball teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon against Paris, with the Lady ‘Runners tipping off at 2 p.m. and the Roadrunners scheduled for a 4 p.m. start. Audio/video streaming will be available for both games by logging on to www.angelina.edu and clicking on the "Athletics" link.
Tyler 72, Lady Roadrunners 58
They shot from inside, they shot from outside, but no matter where their shots originated, the Lady Roadrunners just couldn't get anything to fall. The result was a 72-58 loss to Tyler's Lady Apaches Wednesday night in Tyler.
AC hit just 22 of 79 field goal attempts (27.8 percent) after putting together a solid defensive effort that led to 31 Lady Apache turnovers. The Lady ‘Runners even managed to dominate the boards, finishing with a 53-29 edge in rebounding.
The defense and rebounding didn't matter when the scoring droughts extended for three minutes at a time. Tyler put together a 14-3 run during a second-half dry spell to coast to the double-digit win.
AC's Carenn Baylor an impressive, all-around effort with 15 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Carlesha Wyatt added 12 points and seven rebounds and Brittany Jefferson finished with eight points and seven boards.
Markisha Hawkins and Ericka House led the Lady Apaches with 13 points each; Ashley Benjamin added 12 and Cecilia Okoye 10 in the win. Sanja Radenkovij came off the bench to hit two second-half three pointers during Tyler's game-clinching run.
The Lady Roadrunners (9-10, 4-4) will host Paris Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Tyler 92, Roadrunners 89
The Roadrunners hit big shot after big shot against the Apaches on Wednesday night, but they couldn't find enough of them down the stretch to prevent a 92-89 loss in Tyler.
Three AC players hit for more than 20 points, including Adrick McKinney and E.J. Williams with 22 points each and Vinnie Walls adding 21. The freshman guard duo combined for 11 three pointers, with Ja'Darius Davis knocking down another pair. McKinney's 11 rebounds gave him a double-double for the night.
Tyler's Jabbar Reid hit six of his 10 three-point attempts to finish with a team-high 22 points for the Apaches. Kader Tapsoba scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds; Jaron Nash added 15 points; and the Apaches converted seven of 10 free-throw attempts over the final 45 seconds to hold off the stubborn Roadrunners.
AC clung to the lead for most of the second half, finally falling behind when Tyler's Reid dropped in a three from the corner with 8:06 remaining in the game. Each time the ‘Runners responded with a big shot, the Apaches (14-4, 5-3) had an answer on the other end of the floor, including the free throws in the final minute.
The Roadrunners (11-8, 3-5) will host Paris at 4 p.m. on Saturday.