Rangers closing in on title

Published 9:04 am Thursday, February 21, 2019

CASSOPOLIS — The Cassopolis boys basketball team is one game away from winning the outright Southwest 10 Conference championship.

The Rangers (17-1, 16-1 Southwest 10) clinched at least a share of the championship with an 85-62 win over Centreville Tuesday night.

Cassopolis defeated Mendon 68-32 last Friday night.

“Good win,” said Cassopolis coach Ricky Evans. “Getting us closer to being a conference champ.”

The first half was close with the Bulldogs as the Rangers trailed 17-14 after one quarter, but rallied to lead 38-34 at halftime.

It was all Cassopolis in the second half as the Rangers outscored Centreville 47-28.

Brayden Saxton turned in a huge performance with a game-high 31 points.

The Rangers also got 20 points from Tyrese Hunt-Thompson and 16 points from Cerious Wilson.

Against the Hornets, Cassopolis again played a close first half before erupting in the final 16 minutes of play.

The Rangers led 14-13 after one quarter and 28-20 at the intermission.

Cassopolis poured in 27 points in the third quarter while holding the Bulldogs to four points.

Overall, the Rangers outscored Centreville 40-12 in the second half.

“We started out slow with it being senior night,” Evans said. “The kids play out of position, but we got it going in the second half. It was a good win.”

Hunt-Thompson led the way with a game-high 18 points, while Saxton added 14 points. Wilson and Devon Jennings both finished with eight points.

Girls basketball

Undefeated Centreville had little trouble knocking off host Cassopolis Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs outscored the Rangers 35-9 in the first half en route to a 69-38 Southwest 10 Conference victory.

Angel Gary scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Rangers, who also got nine points from Jadin Wolfe.

Last Friday night, the Rangers dropped a 60-32 decision to Mendon in Southwest 10 action.

The Hornets opened up a 23-10 halftime lead and then increased it to 42-20 by the end of the third quarter.

The Rangers (4-11, 4-9 Southwest 10) were led by Angel Gary, who scored 15 points. Sophia Fiala added eight points.

Cassopolis is back in action Friday night as it hosts Bangor at 6 p.m.