The Unaka Rangers’ boys basketball team may have to rename themselves the “Minutes Men” because they sure have to play a lot of them.
The Rangers go only six or seven deep, making it necessary for the starters to play almost the entirety of any given game, and on Friday night at Snavely gym the toll showed in overtime as South Greene pulled away to a 69-65 victory in Watauga Valley Conference play.
“This team here, if they play and sell out like they did tonight they can win some games,” said Rangers head coach Aaron Dugger. “Things didn’t go our way tonight. (South Greene) hit some big shots and we didn’t, but we have to keep coming back with that effort.
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Unaka’s girls basketball team took a hard lesson against the Lady Rebels — and that is you may not be able to win a game in the first quarter, but you can lose one with a bad opening.
The Lady Rangers fell into a 21-4 first quarter hole and were unable to dig themselves out as they fell to South Greene.
“All the kids we have depended on all season long to make shots, didn’t go in for them tonight,” said Lady Rangers head coach Wes Wright. “We came out a little shell-shocked. South Greene has a very good team and its hard to simulate the intensity they bring.
“We got good looks and ran some good stuff offensively tonight but missed shots that usually go in for us.”