The first half was not much more than a shooting exhibition for the Roadrunners. The Angelina guards just kept hitting threes.
The game was knotted at 16 apiece halfway through the first half. Two quick treys and a regular old two-pointer by the Roadrunners helped them open up to a 25-16 advantage in a matter of seconds.
The visitors went on to grab a 15-point margin at the half, 39-24, with the Cougars looking a little dazed by the outside shooting of the Roadrunners.
The second half was a much better performance for the Cougars. The defensive pressure on the perimeter picked up and limited the Angelina long jumpers. The Cougars, working off a few turnovers their defense sparked, slowly crept back into the contest.
With 13 minutes left, the Cougars trailed by just six, 45-39. Point guard La’Darrien Williams and guard Brandon Golden were in charge of the comeback with some help from Brandon Hairston.
The Cougars kept plugging away and frustrating the Roadrunners with their defense. With just under five minutes left to play, the CBC men pulled to within a basket at 56-54 on a Williams three-pointer. But that was as close as they would come. The struggle to erase a 15-point deficit overtook the Cougars, and the Roadrunners put on a little extra burst of speed down the stretch to pull away late.
Golden finished the night with a team-high 24 points. Williams hit for 16 points in the loss while Hairston added 10 tallies. The Cougars got little from their bigs in the contest and the Roadrunners owned the paint most of the night.
The Cougars are on the road this week for two games. On Wednesday night, they will be in Jacksonville, and on Saturday, the CBC team will travel to Port Arthur to tangle with Lamar State College.
The Cougars have qualified to compete in the Region XIV postseason tournament that begins later in the month. It is the second straight year the Cougars have qualified for the regional playoffs.