The lengthy December layoff looked like it didn’t bother the Kilgore College Rangers one bit.
KC returned to action after about three weeks away from the court on Saturday afternoon, hosting Houston Community College in a game that quickly got out of hand, in the Rangers’ favor. KC outscored Houston 47-14 in the first half and never looked back, cruising to a 97-40 win.
Coach Brian Hoberecht’s Rangers are now 9-3 and headed to a rare Friday contest at Blinn College, a 7 p.m. tipoff in Brenham against former KC coach Scott Schumacher and his Buccaneers. KC is hoping to change its fortunes so far in conference play, where the Rangers have gotten off to a 1-2 start.
Blinn is 8-3 and also is 1-2 in conference play. The Bucs were to host a club team, the Houston Gladiators, on Tuesday, after the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald.
KC fans are very familiar with Schumacher, who was the Rangers’ coach for more than a decade. He’s in his sixth season with Blinn, and is also the Bucs’ athletic director. He’s in his 31st year in coaching.
Against Houston, the Rangers got 16 points each from Demiere Brown and Davon Newton, and 13 from Darrian Grays off the bench. Daytone Jennings chipped in 12, Chad Bowie, 11, and Malachi Davidson and Kur Ayol, eight each. Samory Gueye had seven points, and Lansana Nwosu added six to round out the scoring.
Brown had 14 rebounds, 10 of them on the defensive end, and went 7-of-10 from the floor. Nwosu and Ayol each had nine rebounds, and Davidson had seven. He also had seven assists. Bowie had seven assists, too, and went 4-of-4 from the free thrown line. Gueye, Brown and Newton each had two blocked shots.
The only player in double figures for HCC was Camron Adam, who had 13 points. Jacoby Franks had seven. And no HCC player had more than three rebounds.
As for the Lady Rangers, they were playing Tuesday and today in the Bossier Parish Classic. KC was to play its first game back from the break against Baton Rouge Community College on Tuesday, and today at 3 p.m. against Hinds (Miss.) Community College.
The Lady Rangers, coached by Amy Nimz, are 8-3 overall and 3-1 in conference play. They host Tyler Junior College at 2 p.m. Saturday in a big game, for January. KC is likely playing with higher expectations than in recent years – coach Nimz guided the Lady Rangers to their first RXIV Conference tournament final a year ago, losing there to Trinity Valley, but finishing last season with 21 wins, the most in a single season since 2009.