By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports
Kilgore looked every bit the No. 3 ranked junior college team in the country Wednesday night at the Billy Montgomery Gym while delivering an 82-61 defeat of Bossier Parish in a Region XIV basketball matchup.
The Rangers went on a 20-5 run over the last eight minutes of the first half to turn a 23-17 game into a 43-22 halftime lead.
Kilgore just cruised through the second half as Bossier Parish was unable to come up with a run of its own.
The Rangers made 16-of-17 free throws in the second half and finished the game 28-of-33. Sophomore guard Dantwan Grimes hit all three of his 3-pointers in the second half and finished with a team-best 14 points.
“We just didn’t get it done,” was all Bossier Parish coach John Anthony Anglin could say on the night when the Cavaliers honored its sophomores before their final home game.
The Rangers spread around the scoring with four others getting into double figures alongside Grimes. Duane Posey and Obi Ezekewesli both tallied 11 points and DaVeon Thomas and Paul Otieno had 10. Posey also added a game-high 10 rebounds as the Rangers dominated the boards, 37-18.
Otieno did the damage inside, scoring all of his points by halftime. Six helped spur the run that finished the half.
Jaeden Marshall once again led the Cavs with 19 points, three coming on buckets from beyond the arc, and he connected on 6-of-8 at the line. Kendrick Delahoussaye added 11 points and Derick Hamilton had 10.
Kilgore has now won six straight and is 26-2 overall and 16-2 in Region XIV. One of the losses came at home to the Cavs, 109-101 in overtime.
Bossier Parish lost its fourth straight and is 14-13 overall and 8-10 in the region. The Cavs finish the regular season Saturday at Tyler Junior College.
Photo by LEE HILLER