Rangers hoops starts season 1-4

After an emotional, buzzer-beating win Thursday against Houston Westside, the Sterling Rangers boys basketball team found things a bit tougher going Friday on the second day of the McDonald’s Texas Invitational.

The Rangers (1-4) dropped two game in the Division 2 Silver Bracket and falling into Saturday’s seventh-place game against Pasadena Dobie.

Sterling fell to Cy Ridge, 66-55, in the bracket quarterfinal at Sam Rayburn High School as Kevin Kirkland led the way for the Rangers, scoring 18 points while Kyle Arclies added 13 points.

“Against Cy Ridge, we came out with a decent amount of energy and attacked the rim,” RSS head coach Greg Smith said. “We took a solid 10-point lead in the quarter, only to watch the pressure of the Rams give them a 10 point lead by the half. We held our own for the second half, but were never able to bring it back to even. 

“Turnovers once again were costly as we struggled to run effective offense.”

In the consolation semifinal, the Rangers fell to the Crosby Cougars, 48-44 later that day, as Kirkland (nine points) and Drake Jackson (eight points) led Sterling in the defeat.

“The game was tight from start to finish,” Smith said. “Offensively, I felt like we moved a lot better, had much better ball reversals, and took some high-quality shots. I think later in the year, those shots start to fall as we get back into midseason form.”

Sterling played without Arclies who was battling an injury but Smith credits Jonah Montgomery and Jaylon Ford for filling in admirably.

Crosby played Saturday against Houston Lamar for third-place honors in the bracket, winning 63-58.

The Cougars (4-2) dropped a 73-51 decision to Pasadena Memorial in the quarterfinal before they beat Sterling.

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