Rangers dump Huskies

By Ivan Sanders
STAR Correspondent

   Patience is a key in the game of basketball. Sometimes, though, it is better if a team plays a little radical.
   North Greene hoped to execute patience against Unaka in opening round play of the McClain's Exterminating/Shoun's Lumber Christmas Invitational at Hampton on Tuesday, but the Rangers, who play an aggressive style of basketball, created chaos for the Huskies and took a 57-44 victory.
   The Rangers jumped out to a 17-6 advantage at the end of the first quarter behind nine points from Aaron Dugger and six points from Ben Cole.
   The Huskies settled down in the second quarter, holding the Rangers to single digits with nine, while the Huskies could only manage seven with Matt Burns scoring four and Andy Williams three.
   Dugger would register five in the period for the Rangers with Cole contributing four to the Ranger tally. The Rangers took a 13 point edge to the locker room 26-13.
   The Huskies finally started to click in the third, as they outscored the Rangers 15-12. Justin Evans burnt the nets for 10 points in the quarter for the Huskies. Once again, Dugger and Cole led the way for the Rangers scoring six each.
   Dugger would catch fire in the fourth, as he left the nets smoking to the tune of 13 points. Williams tried to keep North Greene in the contest with seven, but it was too much Dugger and Cole on this evening.
   Dugger finished with a game-high 33 points, with Cole contributing 20 for the Rangers. Williams led North Greene with 14, while teammate Evans followed close behind with 12.
   Cole also collected seven boards for the Rangers, who held a 16-4 rebounding edge. Rusty Chambers and Cody Collins added some fine hustle for Coach Donald Ensor off the bench.