LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina College basketball teams split their double header against San Jacinto Wednesday night. The Lady Roadrunners came away with a victory 80-58, while the men's team lost a close 77-74 battle.
The women improve their record to 7-6 behind Diamond Webb's 26 points. While the men fall to 8-5 after missing a game tying three at the buzzer.
Both teams will now take a break during the fall and spring semesters. The roadrunners next play January 4th against McClellan College, while the lady roadrunners are off until January 6th, when they play in the MCC shootout in Waco.
-AC News Service-
San Jacinto 77, Roadrunners 74
Four times in the second half the Roadrunners battled back from double-digit deficits. When they finally took their first lead at 70-69 with 5:35 to play, the Jaylen Daniels go-ahead bucket capped a remarkable 16-5 run that put the 'Runners in position to win.
But Jesse Anderson's pair of three-point attempts with less than five seconds remaining – Frank Snow's offensive rebound gave Anderson a second chance – both rattled around inside the rim before caroming out, leaving AC three points short in a 77-74 loss to San Jacinto's Ravens.
Never a fan of moral victories, Roadrunner head coach Todd Neighbors nevertheless couldn't help but express his pride in his team's effort against a perennial powerhouse.
"Anyone who didn't realize how hard these guys fight every single game would know it by watching this game," Neighbors said. "They never, ever quit, no matter how bad things were going for us earlier.
"We're supposed to be teaching these young men how to be men, to show them how to get through tough times when you're down. These guys showed me a lot tonight. They played like men."
Mike Myers led the way for AC with a monstrous 29-point, 15 rebound night. Unfortunately, the home rims weren't as kind to the rest of the Roadrunners, with open shots finding everything but the bottom of the net and leading to a frustrating 39 percent-shooting night for the team. Snow finished with nine points and nine rebounds despite missing key minutes due to a bloodied face requiring constant attention. LaDerrien Jackson added eight points and Jaylen Daniel seven – including his high-flying dunk from just inside the free-throw line to help ignite the big scoring run.
San Jacinto's Brandon Chatman finished with 14 points, but those totals don't reflect the frustration he inflicted against every Roadrunner rally. It was Chatman who knocked down three treys just in time to rebut AC's comebacks in the second half. Javaria Jones added 12 points and Teris Bourgeois 10 for the Ravens.
The Roadrunners (8-5, 0-3) will resume action in January.
Lady Roadrunners 80, San Jacinto 58
Wednesday's version of the Lady Roadrunners looked nothing like the team fans typically see on the floor: High-speed, with few lulls in the action.
But Byron Coleman's team threw a change up at San Jacinto's Lady Gators, slowing the pace and controlling the tempo from the very beginning en route to a convincing 80-58 win at Shands Gym.
AC fell behind 2-0 to open the game but never trailed the rest of the way, riding Diamond Webb's 26 points to its third win in conference play.
Webb nailed six threes in her 31 minutes on the floor. Carlisha Wyatt added 19 points and nine rebounds; Elizabeth Marrero came off the bench to add 12 more; and Brittney Jefferson went 9-of-10 from the free-throw line to finish with 11 points.
San Jacinto's Jaleesa Allen led the Lady Gators with 22 points, followed by Adeaze Elonu with 12 points.
After leading 34-27 at the half, the Lady Roadrunners went on a 17-5, second-half spree to put the game away early.