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Rangers win two in Tyler; off to 3-0 start; rare Sunday matinee

KC ladies win opener in overtime in Okla; in Tyler this weekend

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So far, so good, for the Kilgore College Rangers men’s basketball program. And the Lady Rangers? They’ve opened the 2017-18 season on a high note, too.

The Rangers won twice over the weekend in the Chris Booker Classic, a = mini-tournament at Tyler Junior College, outlasting both Southwest Christian and Brookhaven. Coach Brian Hoberecht’s Rangers are now 3-0, and off until a home game Sunday afternoon.

The Lady Rangers opened on the road in Seminole, Okla., on Saturday at Seminole State, and brought back an 88-86 overtime win to start the season off right.

Coach Anna Nimz’s Lady Rangers were to play at home Tuesday night against Paul Quinn College, a game that ended after the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald. Check out kilgorenewsherald.com now to see how that game turned out.

The Lady Rangers make a trip to TJC themselves this weekend for the Holiday Inn Classic. They’ll play Friday at 3 p.m. against Hill College, then Saturday at 3 against Arkansas Baptist.

The Lady Rangers will join the Rangers for a double-header at home on Sunday. KC’s ladies will host Crowder at noon, and the Rangers will follow against Lone Star-Cy Fair at 3.

KC 86, SW Christian 53 (Friday): Darrian Grays led the way with 19 points and Demiere Brown scored 12 in this rout for the Rangers. Malachi Davidson and Davon Newton each had 11, and Daytone Jennings added 10. Jennings also had six rebounds and two blocked shots; Brown, James Conteh and Kur Awol all each had two blocks.

KC shot 23-of-56 from the floor in the game and only trailed once.

KC 79, Brookhaven 74 (Saturday): The Rangers proved they could win a close one here, just getting past Brookhaven even though the Bears’ bench outscored KC’s. This time, there were 11 lead changes; KC led by just one, 42-41, at halftime.

Chad Bowie led the Rangers with 17 points. Jennings had 16, and four blocked shots. Samory Gueye had 12 points, five blocks and 11 rebounds. Grays had 11 points. Bowie also had five assists. Brookhaven’s D’Andre Dudley led all scorers with 19 points.

KC 88, Seminole State 86 (Saturday): The Lady Rangers went a long way for their season opener, but it was worth it, as Richelle Velez hit a three-pointer to win the game in overtime. She finished with 27 points, and teammate Jade Thurmon had 24. Alexus Moore added 11. Kaci Richardson had 33 for SSC.

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