Roadrunners rally past Trinity Valley to advance to conference semis

Roadrunners rally past Trinity Valley to advance to conference semis

AC ATHLETICS/Gary Stallard

JACKSONVILLE (Press Release)– Looking as if they were minutes away from the off-season, the Angelina College Roadrunners instead turned a 14-point deficit into another step in the dance, rallying to knock off the third-seeded Trinity Valley Cardinals 76-72 in Thursday's Region XIV quarterfinal action in Jacksonville.

The Roadrunners trailed 61-47 with 9:57 remaining in the game; then AC's Corinthian Ramsey scored five points in six seconds, scoring a bucket inside just before taking a tip from teammate Jason Towery leading to a Ramsey three pointer.

For the next nine minutes, AC chipped away at the Cardinal lead, capitalizing on four missed Trinity Valley free throws in the final 90 seconds. Finally, Robert Lewis scored and drew a foul to complete a three-point play with 21 seconds showing, giving AC its final lead. Ramsey dropped a couple of game-sealing free throws, and the Roadrunners joined the AC crowd in celebrating another day of basketball.

Lewis led the 'Runners with 17 points; Isaiah Bailey and Gary Blackston added 16 each, with Ramsey finishing with 12. The Roadrunners managed to battle their way to 42 trips to the free-throw line, where they converted those trips into 34 points.

Trinity Valley's Amaad Wainright led the Cardinals with 10 points.

The Roadrunners will face Panola College at 8 p.m. on Friday. The game will be available via live streaming by visiting the Angelina College web site and clicking on the Athletics link.