After a year’s absence from the Region XIV Conference tournament, the Kilgore College Rangers survived the first round, and are on to round two.
The Lady Rangers? They play tonight, hoping for a return to the tournament’s championship game.
Coach Brian Hoberecht’s Rangers got 17 points from sophomore Chad Bowie in a 62-58 first-round win over Bossier Parish on Tuesday afternoon in the tournament’s first game – it’s being played in its entirety at the John Alexander Gymnasium, at the former Lon Morris College, in Jacksonville.
The Rangers (17-12 on the season so far) couldn’t really put Bossier away until the final moments, but held on just enough to withstand a Bossier charge in the game’s final minute.
Demeire Brown finished with 10 points for the Rangers. He also had three rebounds and blocked two shots. Daytone Jennings had nine points and nine rebounds. Malachi Davidson, Lansana Nwosu and Darrian Grays each had six points; Davidson had three rebounds and two blocks.
Samory Guyeye had five points, but also had seven rebounds and four assists.James Conteh had two points and Davon Newton had one. Brandon Moore and Tim Collins each had 16 for Bossier.
KC’s reward for beating Bossier isn’t really a good one: they’ll face Trinity Valley, winners of 10 straight games (including KC last Saturday), the tournament’s top seed. Tyler is second, San Jacinto is third, and Blinn is fourth.
Kilgore College’s Lady Rangers, coached by Anna Nimz, are the third seed in the women’s tournament. The Lady Rangers play Blinn tonight at 8 p.m., the final game of the day. The winner will face either Trinity Valley or Tyler on Friday at 3 p.m.
That means there won’t be a title game rematch for the ladies – TVCC edged KC in the championship game a year ago, in Nimz’s second season.
All KC games will be broadcast by the voice of KC sports, Manny Almanza, on KDOK radio – that’s 105.3-FM – as well as online at kdokradio.com, and on tsrnsports.com, the Texas Sports Radio Network.
Championship games will be on Saturday afternoon: the ladies title game will tip off at 4 p.m., and the men’s at 7. Admission per game is $6 for adults, and children over five and students with ID, it’s $3 each. Tournament passes are available for $25, which is admission, of course, for the entire tournament.