KILGORE, TX -- The Kilgore College men got what they needed March 1 -- a win. In a must win game to stay in the playoff race, KC upended Navarro College, 83-65, with huge numbers put up by two sophomores in their final home game.
KC sophomore Ndene Gueye posted a double-double in the win, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Gueye also had three blocks and three steals.
Leading scorer, however, for the Rangers was sophomore Cheikh "C.B." Diallo with 19 points. Diallo was 5-of-9 from behind the three-point line and 7-of-12 overall.
Kilgore freshman Jamar Sandifer also scored 18 points, shooting 5-of-9 oveall and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. KC freshman Davon Newton scored 11 points in the contest.
Navarro had three players in double figures but were hurt early with foul trouble. The Bulldogs had three key players foul out in the contest: Cameron King, Emmanuel Egbuta and Eric McCullom.
Saint Hilaire led all Bulldog scorers with 18 points. Navarro's Emmanuel Egbuta scored 15 points and Randall Broddie came off the bench to score 12 points. Hilaire almost earned a double-double by adding 9 rebounds.
KC travels to Trinity Valley Community College in Athens Saturday, March 4. If KC defeats the Cardinals, they will qualify for the Region XIV Tournament that begins March 7 in Jacksonville.
With a loss against TVCC, the Rangers need Navarro to lose to Bossier Parish Community College March 4 in order to qualify for the regional tournament.
KC sits at 13-15 overall and 4-14 in Region XIV play.