The Rangers rallied in the final minute of the game Tuesday at Kefurt Fitness Center to take a 40-38 win over the Red Dogs.
The Rangers of the 75th Ranger Regiment and the Red Dogs of 4th Battalion, 330th Infantry Regt., battled back and forth in the early minutes of the game until the Rangers’ Bret Roberson broke the stalemate giving the Rangers their first lead of the game at 11-9 with eight minutes remaining in the first half. The Rangers held on to lead 18-14 at the half.
The Red Dogs closed the gap to three points with 14 minutes remaining in the second half while the Rangers tied the score at 26 with eight minutes remaining. The teams tied five times during the game, and with a minute to go, Rangers’ Markal Clark hit a free throw to take the lead. The Rangers ran the clock while scoring the final three points to seal a 40-38 win.
“It was a close game,” Rangers coach Joel Burzynski said. “During the last five minutes, we focused on pressing them more and with strong defense, we were able to pull together for the victory.”
Clark, a Rangers point guard, said he knew when the clock ran out, his team would be on top.
“We had good passing and defense,” he said. “We hustled in the last five minutes and because of our full court press toward the end of the game, we won.”
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The Rangers’ Corey McCullough looks for a teammate to pass to as the Red Dogs’ Nick Broyles defends Tuesday at Kefurt Fitness Center. The Rangers won, making a comeback in the final minute of the game.--30--Scoring:Rangers: Markal (10), Boyd(9), Pratt (6), Roberson (6), Holcomb (4), Smith (3), McCullough (2). Red Dogs: Habib (12), Richardson (12), Stephens (7), Santa (3), Broyles (2), Noah (2).