Hill College deals KC first loss of season


Having an unbeaten basketball season isn’t realistic, but the odds are against it.

Kilgore College ran into those odds and didn’t come out unscathed Tuesday night at home, as Hill College dealt the Rangers a 77-59 loss, KC’s first of the season.

The Rangers (4-1) are off until Friday, when they host their annual KC Classic, a mini-tournament, of sorts. Tyler Junior College will play Cedar Valley Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. here at Masters Gymnasium to start things, and then KC will face Lone Star College-Tomball at 6. On Saturday, TJC faces Tomball at 2 p.m., and the Rangers will face Cedar Valley at 4.

KC just couldn’t get into a good offensive flow during the first half against Hill. The Rangers hit just 9 of 23 shots they took, and didn’t fare a lot better in the game as a whole, finishing 19-of-54. Coach Brian Hoberecht was likely disappointed in their showing at the free throw line, as well. The Rangers hit on just 13-of-23 freebies.

Daytone Jennings led KC with 13 points, and also had 10 rebounds. Davon Newton had 11 points; Darrian Grays had 12. Jennings also had three blocked shots, and he, Chad Bowie and Grays each had two assists. Bowie also had five rebounds.

For the Hill College Rebels, Shamaar Bailey had 16 points. Xavier Johnson had 13; Jamir Cheeks had 11; and so did Quinton Brigham.

It was a homecoming for former Kilgore High School standout Xavier Gaona, who scored nine points and went 3-of-3 from the floor, and hit both free throws. Gaona also had two rebounds and an assist.