Kilgore College’s “month of exile” is about over – the men’s basketball program is back in action this weekend, after being off for much of the month.
The Rangers – 8-3 overall, and 1-2 in Region XIV Conference play – haven’t played since losing to conference rival Lee on Dec. 6. KC will step out of conference for this Saturday’s comeback game, hosting Houston Community College at 4 p.m.
KC won its conference opener here against Angelina on Nov. 29, by a 34-point margin. But the Rangers dropped the final two games before the break, both in league play, at Jacksonville College 966-63) and then the one to Lee (78-69).
The Rangers are hitting 51 percent of their shots so far this year, and have gone 80-of-200 from three-point range, about 40 percent, among the best percentage from three-point range in the conference. KC is netting about 80 points a game, though, and that’s in the middle of the pack among the conference’s 14 men’s programs.
Daytone Jennings averages 12.2 points per game for the Rangers – that’s their best. James Conteh, Chad Bowie, Demeire Brown and Davon Newton all average right at 10 points per game. The team averages 37 rebounds a game, and Kur Ayol is getting eight per.
HCC comes here for the non-conference game Saturday, and then the Rangers hit the road to Brenham to play the first conference game of the 2018 calendar year against Blinn next Friday, a 7 p.m. tipoff. KC’s men are coached by Brian Hoberecht, in his ninth year.
Coach Anna Nimz’s Lady Rangers still have a few days off. The Lady Rangers don’t come back until Jan. 2, a trip to Bossier City to take on Baton Rouge in the Bossier Parish Community College Classic. They’ll play at 5 p.m. that day, then at 3 p.m. on Jan. 3 against Hinds (Mississippi).
KC’s women are also 8-3 overall, but 3-1 in conference play, having won their final game before the break (Dec. 8 at home against Jacksonville College).
The Lady Rangers are back home for a big one next Saturday, a 2 p.m. tipoff against Tyler Junior College. KC is unbeaten, 4-1, at home this season.
It's been so far, so good in the limited conference games for the Lady Rangers. Angelina (with nine straight wins) is 4-0, Trinity Valley is 3-1, and so are the Lady Rangers.
KC is averaging 73 1/2 points per game and hitting 37 percent of its shots, 30 percent of three-point shots.
Somewhat like last season, Jade Thurmon and Richelle Velez are off to a good start. Thurmon leads the team in averaging 21 points per game. Velez is getting 16.2. No other Lady Ranger is averaing in double figures, although Alicia Mardis is averaging 8.4.