Cassopolis remains undefeated after sweeping Marcellus, Hartford

CASSOPOLIS — After not playing for a week due to weather cancellations, the Cassopolis boys basketball team headed back to the court for a pair of games Monday and Tuesday.

The Rangers remained undefeated on the year by sweeping Southwest 10 Conference games against Marcellus and Hartford on the road.

Cassopolis defeated the Wildcats 81-64 Monday night and the Indians 76-69 Tuesday night.

“I wasn’t sure how we were going to come out tonight,” said Cassopolis coach Ricky Evans following the Marcellus game. “I thought we would be a little flat because we hadn’t played in a week because of cancellation. But we came out and played very well. I was more impressed with our defense because we came out and put a lot of pressure on them. I thought our pressure gave them trouble.”

The Rangers and Wildcats were separated by just two points after one quarter, 15-13. Over the next eight minutes Cassopolis took over the game.

The Rangers (14-0, 13-0 Southwest 10) outscored Marcellus (12-4, 11-3 Southwest 10) 27-12 in the second quarter to open up a 42-25 halftime lead.

The game was never close again as Cassopolis poured in 20 points in the third quarter and 19 in the final eight minutes to earn the easy victory.

Tyrese Hunt-Thompson scored a game-high 30 points for the Rangers, who also got 22 points from Xander Smith and 14 points from Kiambu Gary.

Against Hartford Tuesday night, Cassopolis trailed the Indians 19-10 after one quarter, but was able to cut the lead to 31-29 by halftime.

The Rangers outscored Hartford 47-38 in the second half to pull out the win.

Hunt-Thompson led Cassopolis with 19 points, while Smith added 16, Brandon Anderson 12 and Walter Lee 10.

Trey Ackerman led Hartford and all scorers with 31 points.

The Rangers are back in action Thursday as they travel to Mendon for a Southwest 10 Conference doubleheader.

The girls game is slated to begin at 6 p.m. with the boys contest to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball

The Cassopolis girls basketball team dropped a pair of Southwest 10 games to Marcellus and Hartford Monday and Tuesday respectively.

The Rangers (7-8, 5-8 Southwest 10) dropped a 49-40 decision to host Marcellus Monday night before falling to visiting Hartford 54-47 Tuesday night.

Against the Wildcats, Cassopolis was led by Santaja Gibson’s 16 points.

The Rangers also got nine points from Angel Gary and eight points from Telayah Coats.

Gibson also led Cassopolis against the Indians as she scored 15 points, while Gary had nine points, Sophie Fiala eight and Kiersten Hartsell seven.

The Rangers travel to Mendon Thursday night.

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