JACKSONVILLE, TX -- The Kilgore College men keep proving the doubters wrong and have turned on the momentum at just the right time of the season. After upsetting Trinity Valley in the quarterfinals, KC can add another notch to its belt with an upset over fourth-seeded Blinn College, 63-60, March 9 in the Region XIV semifinals.
KC, the tournament's ninth seed, will play Tyler Junior College 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Jacksonville's John Alexander Gymnasium.
The Rangers went into halftime with momentum after Darrian Grays banked a long three pointer to give KC a 28-24 advantage.
KC got up to a 10-point lead with 9 minutes left in the game, 50-40, when Demiere Brown completed a reverse layup.
Blinn and KC both went on scoring runs to cut the Ranger lead to 54-48 with 5:45 left in the game.
KC's Davon Newton responded with a clutch three-point basket to give KC a 57-50 advantage.
On the next possession Blinn was fouled and awarded three free throws. The Bucs only made one.
After trading missed three-pointers, KC's Chad Bowie made a layup to put KC ahead 59-52 with just under three minutes to play.
That lead held until Blinn's Tyrus Grayson hit a short-range jumper to get within five points of KC, 59-54, with 1:39 to play.
After a Blinn steal, made shot and a free throw, the Bucs got to within a point of KC, 59-58, with 35 seconds to play.
With 18 seconds left, Daytone Jennings made a clutch layup to put KC ahead, 61-58.
Blinn inbounded the ball on its side of the court after a timeout, but shot a three-point airball.
Jennings was fouled with under 10 seconds left and made one-of-two free throws.
Blinn marched down the court and made a layup and drew a foul with 2 seconds left, but a lane violation was called on the free throw attempt.
KC's Brown drove the ball and was fouled and made one free throw to make the final score 63-60.
Kilgore was led in scoring by Brown who came off the bench to score 17 points. Jennings has 13 points (nine rebounds) and Bowie had 12.
Blinn was led in scoring by Markques Houston with 19 points.