TITLE HUNT! | KC men win regular season title; Lady Rangers head for the tournament’s fifth seed | Sports
The Region XIV Conference Men’s Regular Season Division Championship belongs to coach Brian Hoberecht’s Kilgore College Rangers.
Will they win the conference tournament title as well?
And the KC Lady Rangers – they lost on Saturday at home, but they rallied to claim the fifth seed and come out of that awful first-round match against heavyweights Trinity Valley. Can they turn this into a tournament, and maybe even a championship?
So many questions need to be answered this week, as the conference plays its men’s and women’s tournaments at the John Alexander Gymnasium on the Jacksonville College campus.
The Rangers are the number one seed in the men’s division after capturing the conference regular season championship on Saturday with an 81-72 win over Paris Junior College. The Hoberecht Rangers will try to repeat as conference tournament champions, and they will get a break from the start.
Men’s first-round games are fully scheduled Tuesday, starting at 1 p.m., and KC and Lee, the top two seeds after the end of the regular season, won’t play until Thursday. KC plays at 1 p.m. against Bossier Parish or Angelina College.
Wednesday’s games are the women’s quarterfinals and also start at 1 p.m. Lady Rangers won’t play until 3, however, then taking the field against Panola.
See the full program below.
KC 81, Paris 72 (men): Da’Sean Nelson left against Paris for his best performance in weeks. He had 21 points, six rebounds, blocked three shots, two assists and a steal against the Ponies. His teammate Paul Otieno had 1 point, seven rebounds, a pair of blocks and an assist.
Dantwan Grimes had 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists, and Duane Posey had seven points, six rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block. Isaac Hoberecht had six points, four rebounds and two assists. DaVeon Thomas had six points and three assists. Obi Ezekewesli scored five points and had four rebounds, a steal and a block.
Malik Grant added three points, and Mason Taylor had two, plus a rebound and an assist for the Rangers, who finished the RXIV conference schedule with a simply outstanding 17-2 record for a such a tough conference, including a win over Lee, which turned out to be huge – who clinched the top seed. KC also finished with an overall record of 27-2.
Koron Davis led Paris with 24 points in the contest.
The Rangers finish the regular season averaging 79 points, 38 rebounds and 15 assists per game. They are 14-1 at home, although they won’t have another home game this season. They’ve hit 50% of their shots from the floor, an incredible number, and 34% of their three-point shots this year. The KC men also hit 72% from the free throw line, and they are hot, having won seven straight games.
However, they’ve only played two neutral-site games all year, and they’re 2-0 in those. From now on, these will be neutral site contests.
Of the two teams KC could face this year, they split the season series against Bossier, after losing an overtime game to BP here at Masters Gym, 109-101 in overtime on January 29, but then beat BP at them, 82-61, last Wednesday.
KC swept the series against Angelina, beating the Roadrunners 60-50 in the first meeting and then 64-53 on January 24.
Panola 63, KC 58 (women): This is the rare case where a team completes the regular season and will open the conference tournament against the same opponent.
KC was likely hoping to get away from Trinity Valley, who have beaten Lady Rangers twice this season. Now let’s see how they do in a tiebreaker against Panola. Coach Lees’ KC ladies beat Panola on Jan. 26 at Carthage (60-55), then lost by five here at the Masters on Saturday.
Courtlyn Loudermill had another big game for Panola, posting 25 points, six rebounds and two assists to help her team get the W.
For KC, Jada Hood stepped up with 17 points, two rebounds and an assist, and teammate Rahmena Henderson finished with 16 points, six rebounds and two steals.
They were the only double-digit KC players. Mckenze Brown and Kerrighan Dunn each had seven points — Brown had six rebounds and three assists, and Dunn had four and two assists. De’Asia Thomas had five points and five rebounds. Tara Kessner had four points and six rebounds, and Tara Green two points.
KC only took 11 free throws but hit 10 and lost the rebound battle (Panola had 38 rebounds to the Lady Rangers’ 30).
The Lady Rangers finished the regular season with three wins in their last four games. They are 20-10 overall, averaging 73.9 points, 43 rebounds and 15 assists per game, and 3-0 in neutral site games this year. They are averaging 38% from total shooting, 28% from three-point field and 67% from the free throw line.
Now, tournament support and information, compiled by Tyler Morning Telegraph sportswriter Phil Hicks on Sunday. It’s here.
Region XIV Tournament Schedule
From Tuesday March 1 to Saturday March 5, 2022
Tuesday March 1 – Men’s First Round Games
Game 1 – 1 p.m. — #8 Bossier Parish (9-10, 15-13) vs. #9 Angelina (9-10, 13-15).
Game 2 – 3 p.m. — #5 Navarro (11-8, 17-12) vs. #12 Trinity Valley (7-12, 12-16).
Game 3 – 6 p.m. — #7 Blinn (9-9, 16-13) vs. #10 Tyler (9-10, 14-15)
Game 4 – 8 p.m. — #6 Paris (11-8, 17-13) vs #11 Coastal Bend (7-12, 9-19)
Wednesday March 2 – Women’s quarter-finals
Game 5 – 1 p.m. — #1 Blinn (14-4, 25-4) vs #8 Paris (6-12, 10-19)
Game 6 – 3 p.m. — #4 Panola (12-6, 21-7) vs. #5Kilgore (10-8, 20-10)
Game 7 – 6 p.m. — #2 TVCC (14-4, 23-5) vs #7 Bossier Parish (15-13)
Game 8 – 8 p.m. — #3 Tyler (13-5, 23-7) vs. #6 Angelina (10-8, 20-9)
Thursday March 3 – Men’s quarter-finals
Game 9 – 1 p.m. — #1Kilgore (17-2, 27-2) against Bossier Parish-Angelina winner
Game 10 – 3 p.m. — #4 Lamar St.-PA (11-8, 19-11) vs. Navarro-TVCC winner
Game 11 – 6 p.m. — #2 Lee (16-2, 24-4) vs. Blinn-Tyler winner
Game 12 – 8 p.m. — #3 Panola (12-7, 21-9) against Paris-Coastal Bend winner
Friday March 4 – Semi-finals
Session 1 – Women’s semi-finals
Game 13 – 1 p.m. Winner of match 5 vs. Game 6 Winner
Game 14 – 3:00 p.m. Winner of match 7 vs. Game 8 Winner
Session 2 – Men’s semi-finals
Game 15 – 6 p.m. Winner of match 9 vs. Game 10 Winner
Game 16 – 8:00 p.m. Winner of Game 11 vs. Winner of Game 12
Saturday March 5 – Women’s and men’s finals
Game 17 – 4:00 p.m. – Women’s Championship Match
Game 18 – 7 p.m. — Men’s championship game
Anyone planning to attend the tournament should be aware that ticket sales are all online and are non-refundable. They are sold by the session or by tournament pass. No cash will be accepted at the gate of Jacksonville College.
People can be admitted for single matches for the cost of a general admission ticket of $5 each; children three and under are free. Ticket prices for chair-back seats are $8 each. For a tournament pass, it’s $28, and it’s good for the whole event, all week. The pass, however, is for backless seats.