Ranger boys play in 2018 Manila basketball tournament

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Colter Brunski makes a shot against the Pirates of Green River, Utah, in the Manila Holiday Classic on Saturday, Dec. 15. The Rangers played a close game but fell to the Pirates 59–47.

The Kemmerer boys’ basketball team competed in its second tournament of the season, traveling to Manila, Utah, last weekend for the Manila Holiday Classic.

The Rangers fought hard and had some impressive recoveries but ultimately went 0-3 at the tournament. On Friday, Dec. 14, Kemmerer played Intermountain Christian, a school from Holladay, Utah, and fell 82-41.

“We need to work on ball control, lessen our turnovers, and be more patient on offense,” Rangers head coach Jim Grosulak said. “If we can really make the defense work, we’ll be in good shape.”

On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Rangers faced off against host Manila for the first game of the day. The Manila Mustangs had a strong second half to take the game 50-27.

The Rangers’ last game of the Manila tournament matched them up against the Pirates of Green River, Utah.

Kemmerer improved on offense to keep the game neck-and-neck, but the final buzzer rang out with the Rangers down 59-47.

Shawn Crank makes a play for the Rangers’ J.V. team against Hayden, Colo., in the Manila Holiday Classic on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Even though the Kemmerer boys have yet to secure a win this season, it’s still early. Grosulak noted some of the strengths this Ranger team has exhibited at the Manila tournament and the Bridger Valley tournament. 

“We’ve been really strong on rebounding the basketball,” Grosulak said. “If we can continue that and control the backboard, we’ll get those second chance points.

“We’ve had good quarters where we shot the ball effectively, but then we struggled in some quarters and had some miscues that forced us to take shots we probably didn’t want to,” Grosulak continued.

After the holiday break, the Rangers will host the Kemmerer tournament on Friday, Jan. 4, and Saturday, Jan. 5.

Cole Meeks throws the ball in at the Manila tournament.

Tanner Plowman shoots a free throw against Green River, Utah.