Kilgore College didn’t have the greatest first half, bounced back to make a game of it against Lee, but ultimately lost Tuesday night in the first round of the Region XIV Conference tournament.
The Rangers trailed Lee, 55-31, at halftime of the contest – the late, and final, game of the night at Centenary College’s Gold Dome in Shreveport. As they often do, KC fought back, and got as close as five points before finally falling by six, 93-87.
KC finishes the 2019-20 season with a 21-9 record, as 11th-seeded Lee moves on to the quarterfinals on Thursday.
The Lady Rangers are in action today at 3 p.m. against Tyler Junior College – that, too, is single elimination. The two rivals split the season series, each winning on the opponents’ home court.
If the Lady Rangers win today, they’ll play in the semifinals on Friday. The title games are Saturday: the women play at 4, the men at 7.
Tickets are $10 each for adults. Children under 12 are free. Tournament passes for admittance into all games are $30 each.
For KC against Lee, Cameron Gooden had 25 points, Rodrigue Andela had 24, and D’Rell Roberts had 21. No other Ranger hit double figures in scoring. Michael Thomas had six; Tyron McMillan had five; and Jeremy Lefort, Stephan Morris and Justin Davis each had two.
Andela had 17 rebounds and a blocked shot; Roberts had five assists and six rebounds; and Assane Ndiaye and Morris each had two blocks.
Ismael Cruz-Paris of Lee led all scorers with 25 points.
KC trailed by as many as 28 points at one point, rallying in the second half to scare Lee, but not enough to get over the top.
In other first-round men’s games, Jacksonville College knocked out Paris College, 100-92; Coastal Bend upset Bosser Parish, 87-76; and Lamar State beat Port Arthur, 76-69.