The No. 22 ranked KC Rangers added another victory to their resumé defeating the Trinity Valley Cardinals, 79-57, and improving to 21-4, 11-4 in conference for the season.
The Rangers controlled the game the majority of the night. A 14-4 run over a span of seven minutes in the first half helped set the tone for the rest of the game with KC leading 41-28 at the break.
Trinity Valley switched to a full-court press defensively at the beginning of the second half, but did little to slow the Rangers’ offensive attack.
“We prepare for certain things, and we knew [full-court press] was coming or could be a part of their game plan,” said head coach Brian Hoberecht.
KC began the second half on a 12-6 run and continued to score at a rate that helped them pull away. The Rangers led by as many as 28.
KC had four players score in double figures led by Maurice Taylor (Toledo, Ohio) with 16 and Lonnie McClanahan (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) with 15. Quinton Upshur (Norfolk, Va.) added 13 and Erick Diouf (Senegal) contributed 11.
The Rangers shot 45.3 percent from the field and 76.9 percent from the charity stripe. KC out rebounded Trinity Valley 36-27 and won the points in the paint battle, 22-18. Both teams had 10 points off of turnovers, with the edge on second effort points going to the Rangers, 18-6.
KC is looking to avenge its earlier 62-58 loss to Paris.
“I think our guys are going to feel like they want to give Paris a better shot than we did the first time,” Hoberecht said.
The Rangers, riding a three-game win streak, will get their shot at beating Paris, 4 p.m. Saturday in Masters Gym.