Trinity Valley Knocks out Roadrunners

AC Eliminated from Tournament with 84-71 Loss in Tyler

AC News Service

TYLER – It didn't seem like one of those game-breaking scoring runs. Rather, it just sort of sneaked up on Angelina College's Roadrunners.

After taking a 50-49 lead over Trinity Valley with a little more than 14 minutes to play, AC had to be stunned to look up four minutes later and realize the Cardinals had put together a gradual 16-2 run, built on the 'Runners' empty trips down the floor – turnovers and missed shots were the culprits – that proved costly in TVCC's 84-71 win in the opening round of the Region XIV Tournament held Tuesday at the University of Texas in Tyler.

The Cardinal run seemed surprising just because the Roadrunners had played hard and seemed to be in the game throughout the full 40 minutes. Determined not to let the season end, the Roadrunners managed to rally to within five points at 76-71 with 1:31 to play, getting big bucket from Victor Mbachu to close the gap; but the 'Runners misfired on each of their final four three-point attempts and went scoreless in that last minute and a half to put an end to the AC season.

Andre Crear closed out his Angelina College career with a 15-point effort; fellow sophomore Jaylen Daniel added 13, Mbachu finished with 12 and Jamie Farrie 10 in the loss. Each of those sophomores, along with LaDerrien Jackson and Veontae Lewis, played his last game in a Roadrunner uniform.

Five Cardinals reached double figures, including Tim Allen (18 points), Josh Gentry (16), Octavius Ellis and Tyler Corley with 14 each and Karon Phillips with 12. Gentry finished the game hitting six of his seven free-throw attempts, including a pair in the final seconds to help seal the Cards' win.

The Roadrunners finish the season with a record of 16-15.

The Lady Roadrunners will open tournament play on Wednesday against Panola College. Game time is 3 p.m.