Rangers hold off the Tigers

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Kinesiology sophomore Andrew Butler maneuvers a shot around the defense of criminal justice sophomore Jeff Fennell to score 2 points during the second half of Wednesday's game against the St. Philip's Tigers in Gym 1 of Candler. Butler scored a game high 26 points in The Rangers' 75-68 victory.  Photo by E. David Guel

Kinesiology sophomore Andrew Butler maneuvers a shot around the defense of criminal justice sophomore Jeff Fennell to score 2 points during the second half of Wednesday’s game against the St. Philip’s Tigers in Gym 1 of Candler. Butler scored a game high 26 points in The Rangers’ 75-68 victory. Photo by E. David Guel

This college’s Rangers win in a physical bout against the St. Philip’s Tigers, 74-68.

By Jose Arredondo

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Computer science sophomore Shaquille Kimbrough was the unlikely hero for the Rangers in their 74-68 victory over the Tigers Feb. 25 in Gym 1 of Candler.

The Rangers were out rebounded by the Tigers 59-38 with 20 of the Tigers rebounds on offense.

“We haven’t gone up against an athletic team like that before,” Rangers coach Lou Martinez said. “I’m you sure you know what we need to emphasize next practice.”

The Rangers also found themselves in foul trouble as they committed 23 fouls to the Tigers’ 15.

“We can only control what we can control and keep playing,” Martinez said. “The ref’s aren’t making layups for us and they are not playing defense for us.”

Andrew Butler led the Rangers with 26 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Rakim Sharkey, Tigers guard and business administration freshman, twists around engineering sophomore David Wright for a layup attempt during the first half of Wednesday's game.  Photo by E. David Guel

Rakim Sharkey, Tigers guard and business administration freshman, twists around engineering sophomore David Wright for a layup attempt during the first half of Wednesday’s game. Photo by E. David Guel

Accounting sophomore Daryl Threat led the Tigers with 20 points and five rebounds.

The Tigers size and athleticism proved to be a problem for the Rangers as they leaped off to a 12-2 lead to start the game.

The Rangers adjusted and it became a tight game; the lead changed seven times and the score was tied five times.

The halftime score was tied at 37.

The second half was a back and forth battle; neither team could gain a significant lead.

With six minutes left in play the Tigers led by five. However, Kimbrough was able to nail back to 3-pointers and give the Rangers a 61-60 lead.

Engineering sophomore David Wright reaches for a rebound against liberal arts freshman Marcellus Garrick during the first half of Wednesday's game.  Photo by E. David Guel

Engineering sophomore David Wright reaches for a rebound against liberal arts freshman Marcellus Garrick during the first half of Wednesday’s game. Photo by E. David Guel

The Rangers held on to win 74-68.

“They fought hard and executed towards the end,” Martinez said.

Next week, the Rangers will go on the road to take on Victoria College at 8 p.m. March 4 in the VC Sports Center gym in Victoria.

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