Rangers focus on national tournament after loss to Lee at regionals

Staff Writer

TYLER–The No. 1 seed KC Rangers had their Region XIV Tournament title hopes dashed as the Lee College Rebels rained down three-pointers Friday night.
Don Thomas and De’Vante Wilson both shot 5-of-7 from downtown for Lee as the Rebels defeated KC, 88-73. Thomas finished with 22 points and Wilson with 20.
KC was led in scoring by Lonnie McClanahan who finished with 17 points. Quinton Upshur contributed 15 and Maurice Taylor added 10 off the bench.
Lee started fast with an early 14-5 lead, but KC fought back to within two. Wilson drained three shots from downtown before the break, allowing the Rebels to take a 45-36 lead at the half.
KC fought hard but could never fully close the gap on Lee. McClanahan hit back-to-back layups and had KC within seven points with 13:08 to play. The Rebels then exploded on a 12-0 run to take their largest lead of the contest at 19.
The Rangers shot poorly as a team finishing with 37.5 percent from the field. Lee was 65 percent from beyond the arc while KC finished at 29.4 percent.
The Rangers must now put the loss behind them as they prepare for the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. Tournament play begins March 18 and runs through the March 23.
Seeding has yet to be determined for the national tournament.