JUNIOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Break hits with loss for KC; both teams done for Dec.

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The holiday break is here for Kilgore College basketball, and we’ve only got a brief sample of Region XIV Conference play – the bulk of the conference schedule is coming in the new year.

That’s the good news for the Rangers, who, through three games, aren’t lighting the world on fire, but haven’t looked bad, either. KC dropped a home game to Lee College, 78-69, Wednesday night at Masters Gym, and the Rangers are 8-3 on the season, 1-2 in conference play. They enter the break on a two-game losing skid, but both their conference losses came at a total of 11 points (to Lee and at Jacksonville College).

They’ll be off just about the rest of the month, then come back for a non-conference home game Dec. 30 against Houston Community College. After that, it’s a heavy dose of conference games, starting with a road trip to Blinn – and old coach Scott Schumacher – on Jan. 5. See a complete conference schedule for both KC teams online at kilgore.edu.

The Lady Rangers were to play host to JC on Friday, and that finished up the 2017 portion of their schedule. The Lady Rangers are 8-2, but they were 3-0 in their conference standings, prior to that game with Jacksonville. See an update om kilgorenewsherald.com, and the ladies’ schedule is also online at kilgore.edu.

The Lady Rangers come back to the court on Jan. 2, at Bossier Parish Community College in a mini-tournament, the BPCC Classic. They’ll face Baton Rouge Community College that day, then Hinds Community College (in Mississippi) on Jan. 3. The Lady Rangers are back home for a big one on Saturday, Jan. 6, hosting conference rival Tyler.

Lee College 78, KC 69 (men): Maybe the most surprising thing about this game is that both teams shot a very high percentage from the floor – Lee hit 26 of the 46 shots it took. KC was 23-of-45, both over 50 percent.

Second-half scoring problems continue to plague coach Brian Hoberecht’s Rangers, who had just 26 in the second half against the Runnin’ Rebels.

For KC, Daytone Jennings had 18 points, three rebounds and two assists. Davon Newton scored 11 points, and grabbed five rebounds. Chad Bowie also had 11 points, and finished with nine assists, two steals and two rebounds.

Tavion Atkinson had 10 points and seven rebounds. Lansana Nwosu had five points; Samory Gueye and Demiere Brown each had four; and James Conteh and Darrian Grays each had three.

Lee’s J’Von McCormick had 20 points to lead all scorers, and also had eight assists.

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