AC News Service- Opponents facing the 2011-2012 version of the Angelina College Roadrunners are about to discover they're going to have their hands full defending this team.
The Roadrunners moved to 6-0 with Tuesday night's 105-65 win over Lonestar College-Tomball, with five AC players reaching double figures and the bench accounting for 59 of those points.
Damon Sherman-Newsome set the tone early, scoring AC's first seven points on his way to a first-half total of 14. He'd finish with a team-high 17 to go along with Mike Myers' 16 points. Victor Mbachu and LaDerrien Jackson added 14 each and Kabir West-Marshall came off the bench to add 11 more for the undefeated Roadrunners.
For the game, the ‘Runners shot a sizzling 61 percent, including an 11-for-19 effort from behind the three-point line. Sherman-Newsome accounted for three of those, and West-Marshall and Jaylen Daniel added two each.
Oddly enough, despite his team's offensive output head coach Todd Neighbors was more impressed with AC's defensive effort: The Roadrunners held Tomball a 19-point first half and 39 percent shooting for the game.
"We talked before the game about establishing our identity on the defensive end," Neighbors said. "We know we can score, but we want to see improvement defensively. I thought the guys played with great intensity on that end of the floor, and that goes for every player who got into the game tonight."
Tomball's Gerry Glover led the Timberwolves with 21 points, hitting five threes for the game. Da'Verick Hunt added 13 and Joland Nelson 10 in the loss.
AC will travel to Corsicana for the Navarro Tournament starting on Friday. The Roadrunners will face Hill College and Temple College over the two-day tourney.
On Tuesday, the ‘Runners open Region XIV play on the road as part of a Lady Roadrunner/Roadrunner doubleheader at Jacksonville. The ladies tip off at 5:30 p.m., with the men set for a 7:30 p.m. start.