LUFKIN, TX (Press Release)- Sports pundits call these “trap games” for good reason.
Coming off a Saturday high in which the Angelina College Roadrunners toppled the nation’s second-ranked team, AC found itself in a real scrap with the Coastal Bend Cougars, a group with only one conference win to its credit.
And after trailing the Cougars for most of the game’s first 34 minutes, the ‘Runners needed another gear for another late rally, escaping with a 92-86 win Wednesday at Shands Gymnasium.
AC took its first lead since the early minutes on a three pointer from Robert Lewis with 5:33 to play, then used an 8-1 run over the final few moments to hold off the better-than-their record Cougars.
Corinthian Ramsey came off the bench to finish with 24 points; he was the catalyst for AC’s late run, scoring six points in 40 seconds during the ‘Runners game-deciding run. Ramsey also hit 10 of his 12 free throw attempts, with four of those coming in the final 28 seconds.
Isaiah Bailey added 23 points, including an exclamation-point dunk in the final moments. Robert Lewis scored 17, and Gary Blackston notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Victor Bell’s night included six points, 10 rebounds and six blocks.
The hot-shooting Cougars, who average nearly 37 percent from three-point range, put on a shooting clinic early, connecting on seven of their first nine attempts from beyond the arc. Coastal Bend finished the game having nailed 14 treys, with Taywyn Mason (22 points) responsible for four of those. Willie Rooks added 19 points with a trio of threes to his credit.
The Roadrunners (18-6, 10-3) get Saturday off before resuming action in Wednesday’s women’s/men’s doubleheader at Shands Gymnasium. The Lady Roadrunners face San Jacinto College at 5:30 p.m., and the Roadrunners follow against Lamar State College-Port Arthur at 7:30 p.m.