KC men lose to No. 7 Trinity Valley, 78-69

ATHENS, TX -- The Kilgore College Rangers, down by three points Feb. 7 at halftime to the seventh-ranked team in the country, put forth a valiant effort in the second half but came up short to the Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals, 78-69.

KC began the second half with momentum with two steals by Malachi Davidson resulting in two free throws and a layup assisted by Davon Newton to put the Rangers up by a point.

The momentum quickly left as TVCC scored the next eight points.

KC then forced several TVCC turnovers resulting in a layup by Demiere Brown, two free throws by Lansana Nwosu and two more free throws by Bowie to put KC ahead, 46-43.

After another Cardinal turnover Bowie tossed an alley-oop to Newton to put KC ahead, 48-43, with 11:30 left in the game.

That's when TVCC turned up the offensive heat, going on a 18-10 run, and KC just never caught up.

"We just couldn't stay over the hump and turned it over too many times," said head coach Brian Hoberecht. "Our effort was there.  I'm not upset about that.  We just ran out of gas in the end."

KC got to within seven points after Bowie drew a foul and made both free throws to make the score 73-65 with 1:06 left in the game.

The Rangers had to play the foul game in the final minute and TVCC answered by making all but one free throw.

Both teams were 67 percent from the free throw line with TVCC making 25-of-37 and KC making 12-of-18.

Field goal percentage was almost identical, also, with TVCC making 23-of-58 (39.7 percent) and KC making 27-of-65 (41.5 percent).

KC was led in scoring by Davidson and Bowie with 14 points each.  Bowie earned a double-double by adding 11 rebounds.

Daytone Jennings and Newton each scored 11 for KC.

TVCC had four players in double figures led by Wendell Mitchell with 20 points.  Jairus Roberson scored 13 for TVCC and Andres Ibarguen and Jaime Echenique each scored 10 points.

KC drops to 13-9 overall and 5-8 in Region XIV play.

TVCC, who leads the conference, improves to 21-3 overall and 12-1 in conference play.

KC's next game is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, in Tyler versus Tyler Junior College.