Jumping back into action for a rare Sunday night game, the Kilgore College Rangers shook off the holiday break rust against non-conference opponent Houston Community College.

The Rangers, who have been off since early December, dropped 52 second-half points on the HCC Eagles and blew open what had been a one-point game at the half for an 87-68 win.

KC’s Rangers are now 11-2 on the season, have won five straight games dating back before the break, and are back in action against another non-conference team, Victoria College, on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. The Rangers make a trip to Port Arthur on Monday to face Lamar State in the first Region XIV Conference game since the holidays – that game will tip off at 4.

And one more: KC will host Lee College next Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m.

Against Houston Community College, KC had a bit of a tussle in the first half, mainly self-created: the Rangers hit just 11 first-half shots and, on 15 three-point attempts, hit only three.

Things got better in the second half (though not from three-point range), and the Rangers turned up the intensity. They also outrebounded HCC, 44-30, in the game.

Michael Thomas led KC with 24 points, and also had 10 rebounds, three assists and a steal. Tyron McMillian was just behind, with 20 points. He had five rebounds and four assists.

Also for the Rangers, Rodrigue Andela had 16 points and seven rebounds; Cameron Gooden had 11 points and five assists; Stephan Morris had eight points and four rebounds; Jeremy Lefort had four points and five rebounds; and Montrell Horsey had three points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal. Tysen Banks added a point on a free throw, but also had five assists, two steals and three rebounds. Assane Ndiaye didn’t score, but had three rebounds and a steal.

Greg Dorsey led Houston with 24 points.

The Lady Rangers are back in action today – they’re set to play in a mini-tournament at Bossier Parish Community College. They’ll take on LSU-E today at 11 a.m., and then tomorrow, the Lady Rangers will play Copiah Lincoln (Mississippi) at 3. They’re off the rest of the week, and will visit Paris for their first RXIV Conference game since early December next Wednesday, Jan. 8.

KC’s ladies, coached by Addie Lees, are 10-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

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