Last weekend wasn’t one to write home about for the Kilgore College basketball programs, who both suffered tough losses in the grind that is the Region XIV Conference.
In the most recent case of live-by-the-sword, die-by-the-sword, the Rangers lost at Paris, 62-60, after beating Navarro by a tip-in just days before. It was made even more difficult to swallow by the fact that it was just the second conference win for Paris all season.
The Rangers fall to 6-6 in conference with the loss, and are 15-8 overall, but still very much in the thick of the hunt to make the conference tournament at the end of the season. They’ve got an open date tonight, and then, along with the KC women’s team, will host Panola College on Saturday. The ladies game starts at 2 p.m., with the men to follow, around 4.
Things weren’t much better here at Masters Gym Saturday for the Lady Rangers, who dropped a 66-58 game to Angelina, breaking a two-game KC winning streak. The Lady Rangers are 13-8 overall and 5-5 in conference play.
Both Panola teams – Saturday’s opponents – are in the top three in both the men’s and women’s standings.
Paris 62, KC 60 (men): The loss spoiled a big day by KC’s Jordyn Owens, who scored 21 points and had six rebounds, two assists and a steal. The only other Ranger in double figures, though, was Jairus Stevens, who had 11 points, three rebounds and a steal.
Kevin Buckley had eight points and two rebounds; Rodrigue Tha Andela and Darrian Grays each had six points – Tha Andela had 10 rebounds and blocked four shots, and Grays had five rebounds and two assists.
Demiere Brown had four points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal, and Assane Ndiaye and Malachi Davidson each had two points.
Jalon Pipkins had 28 for Paris, to lead all scorers.
Angelina 66, KC 58 (women): New York native Emely Rosario had 15 points, five assists, five rebounds and two assists in this loss for the Lady Rangers. Sarah Mgbeike had 10 points, 16 rebounds, blocked three shots, had two assists and two steals.
Ireneshia Johnson scored nine and had 10 rebounds, two blocks and an assist; Alex Strawhorn had eight points and six rebounds; Ta Shawnna Riggs had six points; Patience Idoko had four, to go with eight rebounds; Alexis Popham had four points, three rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block; and Carah Burdette had two points, two rebounds and a block.
Angelina’s Natasha Mack had 26 points, 10 rebounds and blocked five shots.