There was no dramatic, game-winning shot, no absolute thriller of a finish. But Kilgore College did get an important home win to open Region XIV Conference play Wednesday night, here in Masters Gym.
After visiting Angelina College grabbed a 59-54 lead, coach Brian Hoberecht's Rangers just took care of business, a workmanlike attitude that saw them tie the game and then outscore the Roadrunners 9-2 in the extra session for a 70-63 win.
It was Kilgore College's fifth straight victory, and they'll look to make it six in a row Saturday in Beeville, where they'll face Coastal Bend.
The Rangers are 8-2 overall, and 1-0, of course, in RXIV play. They have only two more games before that month-long holiday break: Saturday's trip to Coastal Bend, and then a home game with Jacksonville College next Wednesday. After that, they're off until a Dec. 29 home game with non-conference Houston Community College.
In the overtime period, KC's Kevin Buckley hit a three-point shot with about 2 1/2 minutes left that gave the Rangers the lead for good. Darrian Grays went 4-of-4 at the free throw line in the final moments to complete the victory.
The long ball wasn't working for KC, for the most part. They hit just two of 17 three-point shots, and free throws were better, but not great: the Rangers were 20-of-29 from the stripe (69 percent).
But KC got 34 points from its bench, and really made the most of opportunities; Angelina turned the ball over 19 times, and KC converted those into 26 points.
Jordyn Owens had 19 points for KC and Grays, 18, and they both came up big at the line: Owens finished 9-of-11, and Grays, 7-of-7. Each of them also had three assists.
No other Ranger scored in double figures, but Rodrigue Tha Andela had eight points and 11 rebounds. Demiere Brown had six points. Kaleb Flavors had five. Buckley and Warren Richardson each had four, as did Assane Ndiaye, and Malachi Davidson had two. Buckley also had seven rebounds and Richardson had three blocked shots.
Da'Vaughn Gauno led Angelina, who had won four in a row before Wednesday, with 16 points. Teammate Ovido Perez had 14.
Lady Rangers: Kilgore College's women's basketball team did finally drop another game, this one in the Collin County Classic last weekend, but the Lady Rangers bounced back in a big way with a 93-41 win over Cedar Valley Monday night here at Masters.
Coach Addie Lees' Lady Rangers are now 7-2 overall and open conference play Saturday in Lufkin against Angelina. That's a 2 p.m. tip-off. Angelina is undefeated (9-0) at this writing.
KC has three more games before the break: Saturday at Angelina; Wednesday at home against Blinn; and at Panola College on Saturday, Dec. 8.
For KC against Cedar Valley, Sarah Ngbeike led with 17 points, and a host of Lady Rangers scored in double figures. Alexis Popham had 16; Alex Strawhorn, Patience Idoko, and Emely Rosario each had 15; and Ta'Shawna Riggs had 11.
Mgbeike couldn't be stopped; she had 17 rebounds and four steals to go with her 17 points. Rosario had five rebounds and four steals. Idoko had 11 rebounds, and Ireneshia Johnson had 10.
DeModesty Williams had 15 for Cedar Valley.