AC News Service
A night after everything went their way, the Angelina College Roadrunners experienced the opposite end of the basketball spectrum. A poor shooting night combined with early team foul trouble spelled disaster for the ‘Runners, who fell to McLennan 77-64 in Waco Saturday.
The ‘Runners misfired on 18 of 34 free-throw attempts, committed 19 turnovers and shot just 23 of 51 from the field - a far cry from Friday's near-flawless performance. Tristan Worrell led the losing cause with 12 points and 15 rebounds. Ashton Hall added 15 points and six boards, and Lamont Mack finished with 11 points.
McLennan got 19 points from Walt Harris, and 12 points each from Eric Bell and Marlon Vincent. The Highlanders hit seven three pointers, compared to AC's 2-for-11 effort from beyond the arc. The Roadrunners (1-1) will play Independence in Richardson on Thursday, with tip off set for 7 p.m.
AC Lady ‘Runners 72, McLennan Highlassies 67
According to AC Lady ‘Runner head coach Byron Coleman, the difference in a win and a loss came down to total effort. The Lady Roadrunners rebounded from Friday's last-minute loss to Temple with an overall team effort to knock off McLennan's Highlassies 72-67 Saturday in Waco. Combining big defensive plays - three steals in the final 1:19 - with clutch shooting, AC was able to even their record at 1-1 for the young season.
After falling behind 13-2 to open the game, the Lady ‘Runners climbed back into the game with a 15-4 run. That proved a theme for the night, with AC responding to deficits with key scoring runs to keep pace. Then, clinging to a slender lead in the final 2:19, the Lady ‘Runners got a critical three-point play from Eleta Washington and three steals in a minute from Ty Felder.
Jamelle Clark finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Roadrunner stats. Sarita Jones added 13 points and six boards; and Washington chipped in 10 points, six rebounds and four assists. AC will host the Angelina Classic beginning Friday. The Lady Roadrunners will get a rematch with Temple starting at 8 p.m., and play McLennan again on Saturday at 3 p.m.