Kilgore Muscles Its Way Past Chapel Hill + Remains Unbeaten in District 16-3A
NEW CHAPEL HILL — The Kilgore Bulldogs used a second-quarter surge and suffocating defense to remain unbeaten in District 16-3A, earning a 46-27 win over Chapel Hill on Tuesday night.
Kilgore (19-7, 9-0) did not allow Chapel Hill (14-14, 8-3) to score more than eight points in any quarter and held a commanding 36-19 rebounding advantage.
Nick Orange put together a strong performance for Kilgore with a team-high 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Leading scorer Trey Conrod, who did not score in the second half, finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists. Xaviar Gaona also tallied eight points to go with five boards and three assists in the winning effort.
Chapel Hill, which managed just 10 field goals on the night and was only 7-of-19 from the free-throw line, was led by Jeffery Minor, who finished with seven points, two rebounds and two steals. Keilon Moore added six points, four boards and two steals, while teammate Andrew Anderson chipped in with six points, four rebounds and three steals.
Kilgore jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first quarter on a 3-pointer by Conrod, followed by jumpers from Conrod, Orange and Stefun Tatum. Chapel Hill responded with a 6-0 spurt, highlighted by a pair of Minor buckets, that trimmed Kilgore’s lead to one point at the end of the opening period.
It was all Kilgore from that point on as it outscored Chapel Hill 19-6 in the second quarter to open up a 14-point halftime advantage. Conrod connected on another a 3-pointer, while Gaona and Orange combined for 11 points in the quarter.
Kilgore began the second half on a 6-0 run that expanded its lead to 20 points as Chapel Hill never got closer than 16 points the rest of the way.
Both teams return to action Friday. Kilgore hosts Henderson, while Chapel Hill travels to Gladewater.
Kilgore 46, Chapel Hill 27
District 16-3A Boys Basketball
Kilgore 9 19 12 6 — 46
Chapel Hill 8 6 8 5 — 27
KILGORE (19-7, 9-0) — Nick Orange, 15; Trey Conrod, 8; Xaviar Gaona, 8; Stefun Tatum, 4; Clery Delmas, 3; Deon Kincade, 3; Kevrin Justice, 2; Caleb Thomas, 2; Clayton Mauldin, 1.
CHAPEL HILL (14-14, 8-3) — Jeffery Minor, 7; Andrew Anderson, 6; Keilon Moore, 6; Obed Rios, 3; Gabriel Robinson, 3; D.D. Mumphrey, 2.
THREE-POINT GOALS — Kilgore: Conrod (2).