Kilgore College men’s basketball coach Brian Hoberecht (center, kneeling) addresses the Rangers during a time out. Hoberecht and the Rangers are 10-0, and ranked second in the nation in the most recent NJCAA poll released Monday. The Rangers open Region XIV Conference play at Coastal Bend today, and are back home Saturday against Victoria. The Lady Rangers are also on the road today.

An 10-0 record and a number two national ranking – life is good right now for coach Brian Hoberecht and his Kilgore College basketball Rangers.

And the conference opener? Well, it’s tonight.

The Rangers had been ranked third nationally in the first few polls, but are up to second in the country now, behind only top-ranked Salt Lake (Utah) College. Chipola (Fla.) College checks in at third, and John A. Logan College, the former number two, lost a game over the weekend – as a result, KC eased up a spot.

KC visits Coastal Bend today to begin the Region XIV Conference schedule; that game tips off at 3 p.m. Saturday, the Rangers will host Victoria College, another conference game, a 4 p.m. tip-off here at Masters Gymnasium.

Hutchinson (Kan.), the site of the NJCAA national tournament every spring, is up to fourth in the men’s national poll. Oddly, no other RXIV team is ranked in the top 25.

The KC ladies had been ranked at number 22 in the last poll, but won a game and lost one in the Collin College tournament in Plano over the weekend (see more below).

Hoberecht’s Rangers have won two games since the last poll, blasting Grayson College, 108-90, and then CYM Prep, 92-87.

Against Grayson, Daveon Thomas led KC with 19 points, and also had six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Isaac Hoberecht, coach Hoberecht’s youngest son, had 18. Dantwan Grimes had 15 points and Da’Sean Nelson had 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Also for the Rangers, Paul Otieno had 13 points and 11 rebounds; Duane Posey had five points; Obi Ezekewesli had four; Mason Taylor had three, and Tobias Roland had two points and three assists.

In the win over CYM Prep, Thomas topped his game against Grayson, netting 32 points and three assists. Nelson had 23 points and six steals; Grimes had 19 points; Otieno had 14, and eight rebounds; Roland and Hoberecht each had four points, and Roland grabbed eight rebounds; Taylor had three points, as did Posey, and Ezekewesli had one, a free throw.

The Lady Rangers, coached by Addie Lees, had been off for about a week that included Thanksgiving Day, but jumped back into action at the Collin College Classic in Plano. The Lady Rangers edged Grayson, 68-66, in the first game (played Friday), but lost to the home team, Collin College, on Saturday, 66-56.

KC’s ladies are scheduled to play at Hill College in Hillsboro tonight at 6, and then will host club-team the Dallas Angels on Saturday at noon.

KC visits Eastern Oklahoma State on Monday at 5:30, and then will open their own conference schedule next Wednesday, Dec. 8, at home against Paris.

In the win over Grayson, KC got 19 points, three steals, two rebounds and an assist from Jada Hood; 17 points, three rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot from Raymena Henderson; and Kerrighan Dunn and De’Asia Thomas each had 12 points – Thomas had eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks, and Dunn had four rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks.

Vianey Galvan and Mckenze Brown each scored four.

Henderson had 19 for KC in the loss to Collin College, to go with 11 rebounds and three steals. Hood had 14 points, four rebounds, five assists and four steals. No other KC player hit double figures; Brown had eight points, four rebounds, a block and an assist.

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