Rangers lose their drive for victory in second half.
By R.T. Gonzalez
The Rangers began the game with victory in mind but could not keep a handle on the Victoria College Pirates’ unrelenting drive during a 74-47 loss Wednesday in Gym 1 of Candler Physical Education Center.
Kinesiology sophomore Devin Coffey said the reason for the loss was simple — “turnovers.”
Coffey did his best to keep the Rangers in the game, scoring 18 points and grabbing more than eight rebounds.
The Rangers were able to keep the game within 15-points, concluding the first half trailing 36-22.
The second half was a different story. “The team lost their sense of urgency,” Rangers coach Mark Ramirez said.
The Pirates started the second half scoring 6 points. The quick start appeared to rattle the Rangers and resulted in more turnovers.
In the first 12 minutes, Victoria College out-scored the Rangers 29-13.
The fight had been taken from the Rangers, and the Pirates sailed on to win by 27 points.
Pirates coach Jesse Ortega said the victory seemed effortless.
The loss drops the Rangers to 2-7 for the season. The Rangers will take on the University of the Incarnate Word at 8 p.m. Wednesday in McDermott Center.