Men's Basketball Game: Oct. 23, 2017.
Jaden Richardson, business administration freshman at St. Philip’s College, steals the ball from kinesiology freshman Aeneas Simmons Oct. 23 at SPC health and fitness center. Simmons stole the ball from a different Tiger player, but Richardson regained possession. The Rangers lost the third game of the season 95-89. Brianna Rodrigue
Rangers have lost two games back to back.
By J. Del Valle
The Rangers lost by 6 points Oct. 23 in the health and fitness center at St. Philip’s College.
The Rangers started off the game with quick ball movement and passes and were ahead by 1 point against the Tigers at the end of the first half, 44-45.
“We started off hot, but St. Philip’s adjusted and matched our level of playing,” Sam Casey, men’s head basketball coach said. “There are some errors we need to correct and even for me as a coach.”
One outstanding player in the first half of the game was liberal arts freshman Chancelor Whigham, who scored 17 points for the Rangers.
“We played good as a team, we just got to keep our heads up,” Whigham said. “We got a great coach that is going to help us get better as a team.”
In the second half of the game, both teams were aggressive and forceful driving into the paint. At the 3-minute mark, the teams were tied at 76-76, as both teams transitioned to defense in hopes of trying to take the lead. Tigers started double teaming, which caused a 10-second violation on the Rangers who won possession of the ball.
The last minute of the game, Tigers players were sent to the free-throw line twice that kept them in the lead and won the game.
Kinesiology freshman C.J. Hartfield led the team with 28 points for the Tigers and psychology freshman Hyshone Fisher led the team with 20 points for the Rangers.
“It was a good game. Both teams came to play, but we managed to win by 6 points.” Jacque Dupree, St. Philip’s men’s head basketball coach said.
The next home game will be against the Trinity Tigers at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 in Candler.
Admission is $5 for adults, free for children 12 and younger and students with college ID.