AC News Service
Following a 22-win season and a two-deep run into the post-season, the Angelina College Roadrunner basketball team landed several players on the All-Region and All-Conference Team list released this week.
Shakir Brown and Deckie Johnson earned both First Team All-Region and First-Team All-South Zone honors, while Deiondray Martin and Ty'Quan Bitting made the Honorable Mention list for the All-South Zone team.
Brown, the 6'7” transfer from Baltimore, Maryland, put up All-American numbers, finishing as the league leader in both scoring (22.4 ppg) and rebounding (11.3 rpg) over the conference portion of the season. Brown notched 17 double-doubles in 29 games, finished with more than 40 points in one game and more than 30 points in three games; hit 39 percent from three-point range; and scored in double figures in all but six games the entire season.
Johnson, the sophomore from Memphis, averaged 19.9 points and 6.1 assists per game. Johnson wasn't afraid to hit the boards, either, gathering 5.2 rebounds per contest. Johnson this season surpassed the 1,000-point plateau for his two-year career at AC.
Bitting, the 6'9” post from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, averaged 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while collecting at least one block each contest. Bitting finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the conference tournament semifinal game against San Jacinto.
Martin, the 6'4” Columbus, Ohio native, became the team's best defender, finishing as one of the league leaders in charges taken. In the latter part of the season, Martin went on a scoring spree, averaging 16 points per game in February. Martin also fought his way to more than five rebounds per game.
Other conference players earning First-Team All-Region honors were Dedrick Basile (Trinity Valley), Bakari Copeland (Kilgore), Erik Durham (Lamar State-Port Arthur), Dale Jones (Tyler), Willie Mangum (San Jacinto), Johnathan Milligan (Kilgore), Tyrone Outlaw (Lee College) and Lufkin native Dominique Shaw (Tyler).
San Jacinto's Scott Gernander was named the conference's Coach of the Year. Trinity Valley College's Dedrick Basile earned the league's Most Valuable Player award.