Navarro too much for Roadrunners, Bulldogs' stifling defense smothers AC

AC News Service

Following this past Wednesday's big road win at Panola, the Angelina College Roadrunners were hoping to use that game as a springboard to a winning streak.

They'll have to start the streak over after running into Navarro's buzz-saw defensive effort on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs harassed the 'Runners into a 16-turnover, 30-percent shooting night in taking a 74-51 win over AC at Shands Gym in Lufkin.

AC's Jaylen Daniel was the only Roadrunner to score in double figures, finishing with 10 points. Victor Mbachu added nine and Frank Snow grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked six shots.

Navarro's DeShone McClure led all scorers with 17 points. Princeton Onwas added 13 for the Bulldogs, now 15-7, 7-4 on the season.

The Roadrunners drop to 10-12, 1-10 for the year.

"You have to give them credit, they really got into our faces defensively," AC head coach Todd Neighbors said. "They forced turnovers and didn't give us any open looks on our end. We have to find a way to do a better job protecting our possessions."

With the 'Runners keeping things tight over the game's first five minutes, Navarro reeled off a 22-10 spurt to close out the first half with a 32-16 lead. AC closed to within 12 points early in the second half, but the Bulldogs put together an 18-4 run to take control the rest of the way.

The Roadrunners travel to Shreveport on Wednesday to take on Bossier Parish. Game time is 7:30 p.m.