The KC Rangers will battle the Navarro Bulldogs on Saturday in a contest that should decide the Region XIV North Zone division leader. Navarro is currently in first place while KC is in second.
KC will enter the contest 23-4 (13-4 conference) ranked No. 20 in the nation. The Bulldogs come into the game at 22-5, still unranked, yet receiving 17 points for votes in the ranking system.
Navarro defeated KC, 69-59, on Jan. 30 in Corsicana. Navarro shot 48.9 percent from the field to KC’s 33.3 percent and out rebounded KC 35-28.
The Rangers were held to three second chance points in the first meeting, while allowing 13 for the Bulldogs. KC had 22 turnovers in the game, and shot just 20 percent from beyond the arc. Both stats need improvement if the Rangers are to be victorious Saturday night.
Lonnie McClanahan had a solid outing in the first meeting between the two teams, leading all scores with 17 and going 11 for 14 from the foul line.
A big factor in the Ranger’s loss was allowing Navarro to go on an 11-1 run in the first five minuets of the game. KC never led in the contest and trailed by as many as 19.
Head coach Brian Hoberecht knows KC cannot afford to start this game in the same manner as the first.
“Well I think this time around we’ve got to be a little more focused on what our game plan needs to be, and we definitely need to get off to a better start,” Hoberecht said.
The Rangers are riding a five-game win streak, while Navarro has won four in a row. The game will tipoff 4 p.m. Saturday Feb. 23, in Masters Gym.