Rangers split in classic

MILES MARABLE III
Staff Writer

The KC men’s basketball team split their games in last weekend’s Kilgore Classic, losing to the Cedar Valley Suns, 84-70, and beating the Tomball Timberwolves, 110-60.
The Rangers lost the turnover battle, 24-8, against CV who capitalized, scoring 31 points off those turnovers.
Head Coach Brian Hoberecht was disappointed in the loss and knows his team has work to do.
“I thought we were inconsistent in almost every phase of the game that we want our guys to be consistent at,” Hoberecht said. “I don’t think we gave great effort offensively sharing the ball, moving the ball, and playing together. I don’t think we gave great effort defensively in communicating and being aware of what’s going on and what they were trying to do to us.”
Leading the way in the opener for the Rangers was sophomore forward Kalif Wright who shot 7-of-8 from the field, with 18 points, and pulling down 9 rebounds.
Also contributing was sophomore forward Tom Bush Wamukota, who recorded a double-double, shooting 3-of-6 from the field, scoring 10 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
The Rangers bounced back against Tomball as they out rebounded them 48-23 and accounted for 23 second-chance points, while holding Tomball to 2 second-chance points. Hoberecht was pleased that his team responded well after the opening loss.
“I thought we played better,” Hoberecht said. “The game was much more up-tempo. We shared the ball much better. We got better shots and, we played a little bit better defensively. We’ll keep getting better. We’ve got to be playing much better basketball here in a couple of weeks when we start getting into conference games.”
Leading scorer for the Rangers was sophomore guard Stefan Moody with a double-double, shooting 7-of-16 for 25 points, dishing out 10 assists and grabbing 5 rebounds.
The second-leading scorer was sophomore guard Chris Gracela with 17 points and 6 rebounds and knocking down 5 3-pointers.
The Rangers will be in Tyler to participate in the Tyler Junior College Classic starting today as they play Weatherford College at 6 p.m. and Saturday against Northwestern State University JV at 7 p.m.
Both games will be held in TJC’s Wagstaff Gymnasium.
“[These are] two opportunities to get better,” Hoberecht said. “Two great chances to have to adjust to different officiating, adjust to opponents, guard something different then what we see everyday at practice, and so it gives us two chances to keep developing our team and making them better.”