Both Angelina College basketball teams earned big conference wins over Paris College in Wednesday's doubleheader at Shands Gymnasium, with the No. 22 Lady Roadrunners squeezing out a 67-65 win in the game's final minute and the Roadrunners exploding in the second half for a 92-75 win over the Dragons.
Both teams will travel to Carthage on Saturday for a doubleheader at Panola College. Game times are 4 p.m. for the Lady Roadrunners and 6 p.m. for the men.
Lady Roadrunners vs. Paris
Three defensive plays in the final minute keyed No. 22 Angelina College to a 67-65 win over Paris College Wednesday at Shands Gymnasium.
Those stops came right after Brianna Brown tied the game with an old-fashioned three-point play with 40 second to play and Sandy Rawls put AC ahead with a put back with just 10 seconds remaining. Rawls then swatted a shot attempt by Lady Dragon Damya Toney at the buzzer to preserve the win.
The Lady Roadrunners (9-2, 3-0) have won seven straight. They entered the game having learned earlier in the day they're ranked No. 22 nationally in the NJCAA Division I polls.
Paris (2-9, 0-3) got 20 points from Toney and 13 from Kierra Smith.
AC trailed 65-62 with 1:27 on the clock before Malachi McQueen forced a Lady Dragon turnover; Brown drove the base line and banked in a shot while drawing the foul. Her free throw tied the game at 65-65, and on the next Paris possession, Ceidra Coleman forced a turnover leading to the Rawls put back with 10 ticks showing.
AC's ladies will next play at Panola College at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Roadrunners 92, Paris 75
The Roadrunners blew open a tight game by going on a scoring spree over the final 20 minutes in Wednesday's 92-75 win over the Paris Dragons at Shands Gymnasium.
Trailing 41-39 after a physical first half, the Roadrunners erupted for a 23-4 run to take control and coast to their first conference win of the season.
Deckie Johnson led all scorers with 31 points, getting 17 of those in the second half. Shakir Brown's monster night included 21 points and 16 rebounds, with all of those boards coming on the defensive end. Ty'Quan Bitting added 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots; and Jahmir Taylor came off the bench for eight points and five rebounds.
Paris' Joe Haynes led the Dragons with 14 points, while teammate Brandon Hollins added 13.
“I told the guys at the half – they were kind of down – to keep their heads up, that we hadn't made our run yet,” head coach Todd Neighbors said. “I told them once the run got started to keep the pedal to the metal. I was pleased with the effort from some of the guys off the bench. Justice Augmon was a real defensive presence in the second half, and Jahmir Taylor gave us a spark.”
A nip-and-tuck affair in the first half saw neither team able to build more than a four-point lead. Trailing 53-48 with 16 minutes to play, Johnson exploded to score 10 points in the next three minutes to help launch the game-clinching run. While Johnson and Brown continued the scoring spree, AC's defense allowed just four Paris (8-3, 0-2) field goals over a 14-minute span. For the game, the ‘Runners held Pairs to a 29-of-79 shooting effort from the field.
The Roadrunners (9-2, 1-1) will travel to Panola College on Saturday, with game time set for 6 p.m.?
Angelina College Athletics Press Release