Former KC coach Scott Schumacher – now the coach and athletic director at Blinn – continued to haunt his old team Saturday, guiding Blinn's Bucs to a 64-57 win over the Rangers here at Masters Gym in Region XIV Conference play.
KC has beaten Schumacher since he returned to the conference a few years ago, following a brief stint in North Dakota – including knocking the Bucs from the conference tournament last season – but the Rangers have had a difficult time getting the better of Schu here at Masters Gymnasium.
Also on Saturday, Kilgore College's Lady Rangers lost to Trinity Valley in Athens, 109-60.
Both KC teams are home today. The Lady Rangers will host Coastal Bend tonight at 5:30 p.m.; the Rangers will host Trinity Valley right after, around 7:30.
Blinn 64, KC 57 (men): A low-scoring first half turned into just a low-scoring game, flat-out, as KC went into the break leading, but lost the lead and couldn't get back in front.
Just one KC starter – Rodrigue Tha Andela – reached double-figures (he had 10 points). Tha Andela played like a man possessed: he blocked six Buccaneers shots, had six rebounds, two assists and two steals in just over 24 minutes played.
The Rangers, who are 12-5 overall but have lost three straight, were led by Darrian Grays' 18 points off the bench. Grays also had two rebounds.
Malachi Davidson and Jairus Stevens each had seven points; Davidson had three rebounds and three assists. Demeire Brown had nine points and six rebounds. Kaleb Favors, Warren Richardson, and Michael Asante each had two points; Asante had four rebounds, Favors three and two assists.
KC was perfect from the free throw line, but just took eight shots. They were 22-of-60 shooting overall, 5-of-15 from three-point range.
Blinn didn't do anything special but did get a combined 35 points from starters JaQuan Morris (18) and Kai Tease (17). Tristan Ikpe had 14 points for Blinn and 13 rebounds.
The Rangers are now 3-3 in conference play, headed into tonight's game against Trinity Valley, and the Cardinals have been playing well. They're 16-2 on the season and have won their last three.
Trinity Valley 109, KC 60 (women): TVCC is 15-0, nationally-ranked and leads the conference standings.
The loss has KC at 10-6 on the season so far, 2-3 in conference play. Tonight's opponent, Coastal Bend, is also 2-3 in conference but is 4-12 overall, and has lost five straight.
KC got 16 points and nine rebounds from sophomore Patience Idoko; 12 points from Carah Burdette; 10 from Alexis Popham; and nine from Alex Strawhorn. Ireneshia Johnson also had nine for the Lady Rangers, and 10 rebounds. Trinity Valley's Curtessia Dean, Jasmine Smith and Amber Hawkison each went over 20 points. Dean had 23; Smith had 21; and Hawkison had 20.