Angelina County ready to prove Nacogdoches Pineywoods Showdown win's a ‘fluke’

Angelina County ready to prove Nacogdoches Pineywoods Showdown win's a ‘fluke’

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina boys are hoping to claim back the Pineywoods Showdown title.

After Angelina County won the showdown five consecutive years, Nacogdoches County stepped up last year and won the title for the first time.

Winning the showdown won't be easy for either team, but of course, each county thinks they got it this year.

"For me especially, and I know the rest of the team, everyone wants to win to prove that last year was kind of like a fluke year. That we're still the best county when it comes to basketball," said Angelina County member Patrick Johnson.

"Nacogdoches County had a bit of a chip on their shoulder trying to get that win, and now that we got the first one the chip is still there," said Nacogdoches County member Joel Badders. "We're still trying to get revenge and prove that we can play with them."

Nacogdoches County feels they have a little bit of an edge on Angelina County because this is their coach, Kevin Herron's, third time coaching the Showdown and he has three of his own guys on the team. Where as Shawn Jones is coaching the Showdown for his very first time, and only has one of his own on the team.

"I think it's an advantage because you don't run a whole lot of stuff in an all-star game, but having three guys that know some of what we do we can at least have some organization which will help us," said Herron.

"It's a quality roster. I know with Coach Herron and some of his kids, they're quality kids. Some of the kids that are from Nacogdoches County can flat out play. We got our work cut out for us. We're going to match up well," said Jones.

The Showdown will be Monday, April 20, at Lufkin Panther Gym.

The girls game will start at 6 p.m. and the boys game will follow after that.

Admission is $5 at the door but children under 5 get in free.

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