The 2012-13 basketball season is under way for the KC Rangers.
With one game already in the books (see results from KC’s Thursday season-opener vs. the SFA club team at theflareonline.com), KC will host Cedar Valley in a 1 p.m. contest Saturday in Masters Gymnasium.
The Rangers were picked fifth recently at the annual Region XIV Media Day in Tyler. Although KC head coach Brian Hoberecht said the preseason poll rarely ends where it begins, the poll was a fair ranking for his team, considering where KC finished a year ago.
Hoberecht begins his fifth season as the Rangers’ head basketball coach. Joining the program this year is new assistant coach Joe Reagan, who served as assistant coach at Odessa College before coming to KC.
Reagan said he feels welcomed here and looks forward to the upcoming season.
“It’s little adjustments here and there, but I think its a good fit,” Reagan said.
The Rangers who were 16-13 last season have won all five of its scrimmages this fall.
Hoberecht feels the Rangers have added some depth and athleticism that was needed, and he wants his team to mature during the course of the season, learn to control the game and develop a mentality of how to generate stops and baskets.
Returning players for KC are Nardi Bogues, Maurice Taylor, Chinedu Amajoyi and Micheal Eneh. Hoberecht expects his returning sophomores to take charge and set a good example for the freshmen and transfers.
“Game-time leadership” is an aspect of the collegiate ball that Hoberecht also expects his sophomores to provide for the team.
The program has added two transfers and an incoming freshman group that should add to the dynamic of this year’s team.
Sophomore guard Quinton UpShur transferred from Virginia Military Instituite and sophomore point guard Lonnie McClenahan transferred from Odessa College.
Freshmen on this year’s team include a solid back court with four strong forwards and three guards that will help bring the balance coach wants.
The seven freshmen include Andre Horne Jr, Myron Chapman, Chris Gracela, Kalif Wright, D’ Andre Anderson, Matt Gamberoni and Erick Diouf.
“Versatility and balance are some of the great strengths within this team thus far,” Hoberecht said.
This year the Rangers will have a good balance with players who can play several positions. The team will also benefit from players who complement each other well.
The coaching staff plans to use improve each game and bounce back from last year’s first round loss to Tyler Junior College.