Sweet victory for Rangers, 65-56

The No. 22 KC Rangers entered Saturday night’s game having recently struggled against Paris Junior College. They left having avenged the Jan. 23  road loss, 62-58, with a 65-56 home victory.

KC started hot with a 14-7 run in the first 10 minutes of the game. Paris battled back with an 8-0 run of its own to get back in the game.  Paris took the lead with just over six minutes to play in the half and headed into the locker room up, 25-21.

The Rangers took control of the game back in the second half which saw their field goal percentage rise from 25.9 percent to 45.5 percent. KC out rebounded Paris 46-43 and dominated the points in the paint battle, 14-2.

KC was led in scoring by Lonnie McClanahan with 16. Maurice Taylor and Erick Diouf each contributed 11. Antonio Arnold led Paris with 12 points. Paris guard Eddie Leal who burned the Rangers for 24 points in the last meeting was held to eight.

McClanahan was big for KC down the stretch, particularly from the foul line where he finished 13 for 14 on the evening.

“He’s got a great knack to get to the free throw line,” said head coach Brian Hoberecht. “He was a big reason we were able to keep the lead down the stretch.”

Despite falling behind at half time the Rangers showed teamwork and perseverance to walk out with the ‘W.’

“We stuck together and found a way to win,” Hoberecht said.

KC sits at 22-4 (12-4 conference) with three games to play before the Region XIV Tournament. The Rangers will be in Bossier City 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, to take on Bossier Parish Community College.