No. 8 Pronghorns earn third place finish at national tournament

Hutchinson, Kansas– On several occasions this year, the Gillette College Pronghorn Men’s basketball team (35-2) came from behind to win a game. Such was the case Saturday night against Ranger College (31-7) in the third-place game at the National Tournament. Gillette College came from behind to win, 74-72.

The Rangers of Ranger College were able to make shots at the right time throughout most of the game that would keep a tie or lead just out of reach for the Pronghorns. Other than a 5-5 tie and a Pronghorn 26-25 lead, the Rangers were in control for the majority of the game.

Ranger College had a 39-30 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Gillette College Pronghorns were able to finally take a 73-72 lead with less than a minute to go in the game. With Gillette College maintaining possession of the ball, Ranger College committed a quick foul.

Deishaun Booker was sent to the line for Gillette College. He made his first shot, but missed his second. With a 74-72 lead for the Pronghorns, the Rangers had the final shot. It was released by Josh Simmons, who had made three triples in the game already. This time, the right wing shot hit the rim and ricocheted off the board, onto the floor as time expired.

Kavell Bigby-Williams had a double-double with 18 points and 11 boards. Marqueese Grayson finished behind him with 13 points. Both Bigby-Williams and Grayson were named to the All-Tournament team.

The Gillette College Pronghorns finished the 2015-16 season with a third place finish in the national tournament, their first Region IX Championship, their best record of 35-2 and defeated the #1 team in the tournament and nation- Trinity Valley Community College.