KC Men 83, BPCC 77 (2OT)
KILGORE, TX -- It took two overtimes, but the Kilgore College Rangers prevailed, 83-77, in a conference thriller Jan. 23 in Masters Gymnasium against the Bossier Parish Community College Cavaliers.
KC trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half, but scrapped its way back to tie the game, 61-61, at the end of regulation.
With 11 minutes left in the game, Darrian Grays nailed a three-pointer to give KC its first lead of the game, 44-42.
Bossier Parish's Eric Parrish scored the next four points thanks to a KC turnover to make the score 46-44 with 10 minutes left.
KC's Jairus Stevens was fouled and made both free throws to tie the game at 46 points with 9:30 left in regulation.
BPCC (15-4, 5-4) then went on a six point run ended by a layup by Stevens.
KC tied the game up again at 57 points when Grays hit a clutch field goal with 4:24 left.
The two teams traded baskets with BPCC ahead 61-59 with 2:23 left.
After another costly turnover by BPCC, KC missed a long three-pointer but the ball was rebounded and scored by Stevens under the basket to tie the game up at 61 points with 12.2 seconds left.
BPCC tried a last-second shot but it was no good, sending the game in overtime.
In the first overtime, Jordan Owens made two clutch free throws with 38 seconds left to tie the game up at 70.
On the ensuing drive, BPCC missed a short shot and the ball was rebounded by KC's Demiere Brown. KC called a timeout. With 2.1 seconds left, Brown dished the ball to a contested Stevens, but the shot was blocked to send the game into double overtime.
Ahead 78-77 with 36 seconds left in the second overtime, BPCC suffered from two costly turnovers and were forced to play the foul game.
KC made 5-of-6 free throws in the last 36 seconds to preserve the victory.
Grays led the Rangers in scoring with 22 points, was 9-of-10 from the free throw line and 3-of-9 from the three-point line.
Owens scored 18 points (12-of-19 from the charity stripe) and Rodrigue Tha Andela earned a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Stevens was also in double figures for KC with 12 points.
BPCC was led in scoring by Parrish with 28 points. Erie Olonade and Mikail Simmons were also in double figures for the Cavaliers with 16 and 12 points, respectively.
KC improves to 14-6 overall and 5-4 in Region XIV play.
The Rangers' next game is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Tyler Junior College.
Lady Rangers 98, BPCC 62
Kilgore College's Emely Rosario and Alex Strawhorn lit Masters Gymnasium up in a 98-62 Lady Rangers victory Jan. 23 against conference rival Bossier Parish Community College.
Rosario ended up with 23 points and Strawhorn scored 19, knocking down 5-of-11 three-pointers.
The Lady Rangers took the lead early and never gave it up, leading the Lady Cavs (8-12, 2-6) at halftime, 44-27.
KC put together a solid third period, outscoring the Lady Cavaliers, 36-21.
Shooting an impressive 50.7 percent for the game (35-of-69), the Lady Rangers nailed 50 percent of their three-point attempts (11-of-22).
Besides Strawhorn's solid performance, Alba Garcia Camarena came off the bench and made 4-of-6 three-point attempts. Ireneshia Johnson and Alex Popham also connected from three-point land.
KC's Patience Idoko earned a double-double by scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 boards.
Sarah Mgbeike also earned a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Johnson ended up with 8 points and 8 rebounds.
The Lady Cavs' high-scorer was Monette Bolden with 22 points. Shaniyah Menweather was also in double figures with 14 points.
The Lady Rangers improve to 12-7 overall and 4-4 in Region XIV play.
Their next game is slated for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Jacksonville College.