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Rangers get win over Mtn. View

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 8th, 2014

Tré Deeter drives the lane in the game against Cokeville on Saturday. (Photo by Mark Vickery)

KEMMERER — The Kemmerer Rangers brought in the New Year by hosting the Mountain View Buffalos on Friday, Jan. 3.

This was a rematch from about four weeks earlier. In the first meeting, the Buffalos came away with a 12-point victory on their home floor. With the recent coming of a new year, a new-look Rangers team would emerge this go-round.

The Rangers would jump into the lead early in the first quarter and never relinquish it. At the half, the Rangers entered the locker room up by 15 points.

With great effort on the offensive boards, the Buffs would pull to within three toward the end of the third quarter. However, that would be as close as they would get.

The Rangers shored up the rebounding effort and used offensive efficiency to put the game out of reach.

The Buffs pushed to create points in the fourth quarter, but Kemmerer would use some timely steals and breakaway layups to keep the scoreboard in their favor.

In the end, Kemmerer’s effort was rewarded with a 69-57 win in front of the home crowd. Kemmerer was 2-of-6 from three-point land, 24-of-54 from inside the arc, and 15-of-24 from the free throw line.

Playing in Cokeville on Saturday, the Rangers would face more adversity than the night before. The Rangers would jump out to an eight-point lead early in the first quarter, and it looked like a three-game winning streak might be on the cusp.

It wouldn’t be, though, as momentum then swung back in favor of the Panthers.

Using the fast break and multiple trips to the free throw line, Cokeville climbed back into the game and took the lead back by the end of the first quarter. Those multiple charity line trips came at the expense of fouls on the part of the Rangers, and, as a result, multiple starters saw limited playing time in the second quarter.

The frustration was compounded by unforgiving rims during the game for the Rangers as they dropped from nearly 50 percent shooting from the night before inside the arc to less than 30 percent on the Cokeville court. Kemmerer entered the locker room at halftime down 17 and looking for a third-quarter surge to bring them back into the competition.

The woes on offense would continue as the Kemmerer boys were getting good looks but the ball did not want to find the end of the net very often. Cokeville would use the missed shots as opportunities to push on the break and at the start of the fourth quarter would be up 22 points.

At this point the Rangers had a choice to make. They could either quit and blame bad luck, or they could fight back. The Rangers chose to fight.

In the fourth quarter Kemmerer would refocus on defense to stimulate the offense and outscore the Panthers 20-5.

It was a great effort and a positive building block for the future, but the heroics came a couple of minutes too late, as the final buzzer rang out with Cokeville on top 60-53.

Over the weekend the Rangers saw a lot of the potential that they hold.

They will work to put it all together when they start conference play on the road this Friday against a good Big Piney team at 7 p.m.

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