AC News Service
Angelina College's basketball teams capped a busy Coaches vs. Cancer Day with a pair of huge wins over Jacksonville, with the Lady Roadrunners taking a 59-48 win over the Lady Jags and the Roadrunners pulling off the 78-67 win over the Jaguars Wednesday night at Shands Gymnasium.
Both teams are back in action with home games against Trinity Valley College on Saturday. Game times are 4 p.m. for the Lady ‘Runners and 6 p.m. for the men. Live audio/video streaming will be available for both games by logging on to www.angelina.edu and clicking on the Athletics link.
Roadrunner 78, Jacksonville 67
Not even AC head coach Todd Neighbors was sure his strategy would work.
Facing the league's best three-point shooting team, Neighbors made some in-game defensive switches that proved exactly the right moves, with the Roadrunners taking the 78-67 win after holding the Jags to a season-low 6-of-38 effort from behind the three-point arc.
"We did some things we'd never even tried in practice, and the guys bought into it," Neighbors said. "With a team like that, the worst thing you can do is let them get into a rhythm and control the game's tempo. We switched back and forth throughout most of the first half, and that allowed us to jump out to a lead."
Mike Myers notched his 13th double-double of the season with a 27-point, 15-rebound effort. LaDerrien Jackson added 20 points, including five threes in eight attempts. Jamie Farrie came off the bench to hustle his way to 11 rebounds; and Jaylen Daniel added 10 points despite playing limited minutes due to early foul trouble.
Jacksonville's Nicolai Gagic led the Jags with 18 points; Malik Smith and Nelson Kirksey added 11 points each.
Along with the big numbers from Myers and Jackson, the Roadrunners could pin this win on an overall team effort that responded collectively to everything thrown their way by a tough Jacksonville group. Damon Sherman-Newsome's court presence helped settled the ‘Runners after a 17-6 Jag run to open the second half. Andre Crear was one of the big reasons AC's defensive plan worked as well as it did; and Frank Snow used his 6'10" reach to block the lanes, keeping the Jaguars from setting up an inside game.
Overall, it was the tip-to-buzzer effort the Roadrunners have shown the past few weeks – only this time, the final score fell their way.
"We've been seeing improvement every week, and we've lost so many close games," Neighbors said. "It was nice to get this one, especially at home."
The Roadrunners (12-13, 3-10) host Trinity Valley Saturday at 6 p.m.
Lady Roadrunners 59, Jacksonville 48
Brittney Jefferson scored 19 points, and the Wyatt twins – Carlisha and Carlette – combined for 23 more to lead the Lady Roadrunners to a 59-48 win over Jacksonville.
Carlisha Wyatt went 7-of-10 from the free-throw line to finish with 13 points, and sister Carlette hit an array of jumpers from nearly the same spot to finish with 10, leading AC's ladies to their third win in the past four games.
Nia Bradford's all-around game included seven points, eight rebounds and five steals, part of a defensive effort that held the Lady Jaguars to just 30 percent shooting from the field.
Jacksonville's Jinaki Robinson led the Lady Jags with 15 points, while Shelby Petross added 10.
The Lady Roadrunners (12-13, 8-7) will host the No. 1-ranked Trinity Valley Lady Cardinals Saturday at 4 p.m.
Gary L. Stallard