3/07/2014 - Roadrunners Can’t Match Wednesday’s Magic; AC Ends Season with Loss to Lamar-Port Arthur
They were hoping for another day of magic, and for 35 minutes, it appeared the Angelina College Roadrunners could do it again.
But a day after upsetting the 5th seed in the Region XIV tournament, the Roadrunners came up agonizingly short against the 4th seed, losing to the Lamar State-Port Arthur Seahawks 93-83 Thursday in men’s quarterfinal action at the University of Texas-Tyler.
After once again trailing for most of the first half – AC trailed Navarro by as many as 15 on Wednesday – the ‘Runners roared back in the second, eventually taking a short-lived lead with 13 minutes to play. Even when the Seahawks regained the lead later, they couldn’t shake the Roadrunners until the game’s final minute.
“I’m tremendously proud of these guys,” head coach Todd Neighbors said. “I really thought we had it with five minutes left, but we just couldn’t close it out.
“The way our kids represented the college and the community was really special. The student body made a big showing, and we had so many of our supporters here these past two days.”
AC did nearly everything right, hitting 29 of 32 free-throw attempts for the game. After getting out-rebounded by a large margin in the first half, the Roadrunners fought back to close that game in the second.
But foul trouble plagued the Roadrunners, with Dante Bachus fouling out relatively early in the second half and Deckie Johnson and Donald Thomas nursing four fouls all the way to the final buzzer. In the end, the ‘Runners couldn’t just match the Seahawks’ size in the post. The majority of AC’s scoring came just outside of the paint, largely due to Lamar-PA’s 7’1” Anthony Allen and the rest of the front court.
Deckie Johnson led AC with 24 points; Quentin Ellis closed out his career with a 21-oint, four-assist effort; and Donald Thomas and Deiondray Martin added 12 points each.
Lamar-PA’s Tre Bennett led the Seahawks (25-6) with 22 points, followed by Erik Durham with 21 and Ivan Jelencic with 13 points.
Roadrunners Ellis, Thomas, LeMon Gregory, Dante Bachus and Derek Roscoe appeared in their final games with Angelina College.
AC closes out the season with a 12-20 record.