Roadrunners Rally, Drop Squeaker to McLennan

AC News Service

WACO – It took more than three fourths of Wednesday's game against McLennan for the Angelina College Roadrunners to knock off the post-holiday rust.

By the end of the night, the 'Runners were looking downright shiny.

Down by 22 points with just 12 minutes remaining in the game, AC rallied to pull within a single point, only to see Victor Mbachu's potential game-tying three pointer at the buzzer rattle out of the rim. That final miss allowed the home-team Highlanders to escape with an 80-77 win in Waco.

"Great game for us coming back from the break," head coach Todd Neighbors said. "It took 34 minutes for us to break off the rust from having these last few weeks off. We were down, but I was proud of the way the guys never gave up.

"I'd much rather have a game like this than to win one by 30. We can't learn anything from a game like that, but our guys learned a lot tonight. We were a bank shot away from sending this into overtime against a good team that already had a game under its belt before tonight."

Mbachu finished with 20 points to lead the Roadrunners in scoring. Mike Myers finished with 18 points and nine rebounds despite picking up his third foul early in the second half. LaDerrien Jackson added 13 points, including a three pointer with 58 seconds left to cut the Highlander lead to 76-73, capping a 24-9 scoring spurge by the 'Runners.

But McLennan's Jerran Young, who led all scorers with 28 points, went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final 20 seconds to seal the Highlander win.

The Roadrunners (8-6) will resume conference play Wednesday at Lamar-Port Arthur. Game time is 7 p.m.

Gary L. Stallard