Three Rangers sign scholarships to play at four-year schools
Three Ranger basketball players have signed scholarships and will continue their playing career and academics at four-year schools. From left to right: Quinton Upshur, of Norfolk, Va., signed with Northern Arizona University; Chinedu Amajoyi, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., signed with University of Louisiana at Monroe; and Maurice Taylor, of Toledo, Ohio, signed with Bethune-Cookman University.
McClanahan named Honorable Mention All American
Kilgore College sophomore basketball player Jalondre “Lonnie” McClanahan has been named an Honorable Mention All American by the National Junior College Athletic Association. McClanahan, a 6’1” point guard from Oak Ridge, Tenn., was the lead point guard on the Ranger team this season that made it to the Sweet Sixteen of the NJCAA National Tournament. Playing in 32 games, he led the team to a Region 14 Regular Season Championship, finishing the season 26-5 (15-4) with a No. 15 national ranking. McClanahan scored 10 or more points in 23 games this season and averaged 12.4 points per game. McClanahan was also named First Team All-Region (Region 14), All-Tournament Team and First Team All-Conference North Zone (TEC). He also shot 27 percent from the three-point line, 78.2 percent from the free throw line, had 123 assists and made 44.8 percent of field goals on the season.
KC makes it to second round of NJCAA National Tournament
The 2012-2013 season culminated with a 2nd Round 53-51 loss to Spartanburg Methodist at the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. KC, the 15-seed in the tournament, beat 18-seed Shelton State in the first round, 80-58. No. 2 seed Spartanburg Methodist (33-0) advances to the National quarterfinals. Kilgore finishes the season at 27-6. This is the first time the KC men have qualified for the national tournament since the 1993-94 season. KC advanced to the tournament by winning the Region XIV regular season conference title. Tournament Bracket
Betran named to Ohio Valley Conference All-Newcomer Team
Travis Betran, a standout basketball player at Kilgore College from 2010-2012, has been named to the Ohio Valley Conference’s All-Newcomer Team. Betran, from Harlem, N.Y., is in his first year playing for the Austin Peay University Governors in Clarksville, Tenn. He was the team’s leading scorer this season, averaging 17.2 points per game. That average was the best by a Governor since the 2008-09 season. The junior guard scored in double figures in 27 of APSU’s 31 games, including 11 games with 20 or more points. He scored a season-high 30 points against Southeast Missouri in January. Betran finished the season ranked 31st nationally in three-point percentage (41.2) along with 40th in the nation in three-point average per game (2.71). His free-throw percentage (84.4) ranks 54th nationally—shooting 90 percent from the line during conference play.
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(Above) Kilgore College basketball player Maurice Taylor shoots a free throw at a game during the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. Photo by Gibby Gibson.
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Kilgore College is a place where athletes come from across the world to compete in Region XIV, one of the toughest conferences in the country. Coached by head coach Brian Hoberecht (pronounced Ho-Bright), players from KC transfer to Division I colleges each year, and the coaching staff is committed to providing its players with a first-class collegiate experience and the tools to succeed in school. Under Coach Hoberecht, 100 percent of two-year athletes have graduated from junior college. He and his staff are dedicated not only to making you the best basketball player you can be, but also the best student athlete. Come to KC for a visit and see the pride for yourself.... Kilgore College--A Winning Tradition!