Roadrunners Shock No. 2 San Jacinto in Pasadena; AC Win Snaps Ravens’ 22-Game Win Streak
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First-year head coach Kyle Manary can tag this one as his signature win…for now.
The Angelina College Roadrunners on Saturday pulled off a stunning upset of the nation’s second-ranked team, beating the No. 2 San Jacinto Ravens 94-88 in Pasadena.
The Roadrunners scored 61 points in the second half to overcome a 16-point deficit. Robert Lewis finished with a team-high 25 points – with 16 of those coming in the second half – in the win. Gary Blackston added 20, Isaiah Bailey 19 and Corinthian Ramsey 18 to help snap the Ravens’ 22-game winning streak.
Manary said the keys to the win were staying calm and getting back to the original game plan when things got hectic – as they nearly always do in Pasadena.
“Our whole game plan was to make them shoot contested threes and not foul them when they penetrated,” Manary said. “We just tried to challenge shots and make them shoot over us. When we got down, we started settling for too many threes. Once we calmed down, we got back to our game plan and fought back one possession at a time by sharing the ball more and getting better looks.”
“What a great team win. The guys played with a lot of emotion without getting too emotional in a crazy environment.”
Win also moved the ‘Runners to a 3-2 record against top 10 teams.
The Roadrunners (17-6, 9-3) will host Coastal Bend College on Wednesday night. Game time at Shands Gymnasium is 7 p.m.
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