May 09, 2017

Preview: Rangers vs. CourtKings

By Jake Moening

Well ladies and gentlemen the time has come for the biggest MBL game of the year outside of the championship. The rematch of the 2016 Championship game between the Rangers and CourtKings is coming to St. Paul this Saturday. As a bit of bonus hype both teams are going into this game 6-0 on the season; the only remaining undefeated teams in the entire league. Somebody is walking away from this one with sole possession of first place and an unblemished record.

Last season the Rangers bested the CourtKings twice in St. Paul during the regular season before losing to them in the third meeting at the Championship in Minneapolis. The CourtKings have looked dominant in every matchup so far this season and have bolstered their roster this season with some new talent including some former Minnesota players. However, the Rangers have padded their roster as well and have never been defeated at their home court in St. Paul in their existence. They are looking to keep that streak intact and prove that they won the West last year for a reason. This is sure to be an epic contest that you will not want to miss.

After a long trip out to Indiana where the Rangers took care of business with the Dream they are now 100% focused on Saturday. While these two teams are almost statistically equal in every way, the Rangers do have an edge in rebounding while the CourtKings have the better shooting percentage from beyond the arc. Both teams are also capable of some stifling defense and I think that will be the real deciding factor Saturday. If one team can come out and really disrupt the flow of the opposing offense it could be devastating.

The showdown starts at 3 PM at the HSRA in St. Paul (Doors open at 2:30). Tickets are $7 for those 10 and older. There will be a 50/50 raffle, and entertainment from DJ Sean Thomas and Reigning Records performers, Amanda Yang (National Anthem) & Stephon Rene (half-time performer). This will be one more critical step as the Rangers work to #bringhometheship and we hope to see you come out and support!

May 3, 2017

Summary: Rangers vs. Fury

Preview: Rangers vs. Dream

By Jake Moening

This past Sunday the Rangers hosted the Chicago Fury in their first meeting of the season. Last season these two teams were neck and neck up to the playoffs and it was more of the same over the weekend. Both teams were put through their paces on both ends of the court as they headed into halftime tied 50-50. Things began to look grim for the Rangers in the third quarter as the Fury backcourt began slashing their way to the bucket seemingly at will. The Rangers maintained the course however and seemed to find their footing again in the fourth quarter putting the Fury down with a final score of 121-117. The Rangers move to 5-0 and the Fury drop to 1-3 after the contest.

(F) Tim Lott led the Rangers in points with 27 points and shooting 61% from the field as well as earning the double-double with 14 rebounds. His strong showing in the second half played a big role in helping put the Rangers back on track to the win. There were a couple more notable double-doubles from the squad as well with (C) Dominique Dawson [18 points / 10 rebounds], (G) Quinton Jackson [12 points / 10 assists], and (G) Ken Bass [11 points / 12 rebounds]. Jackson also managed to pick up 6 steals with some solid defense.

The Rangers have a unique matchup this week as they are headed out on a long trip to Muncie, Indiana to take on the Eastern Conference's Indiana Dream. This is one of two conference crossover games for the Rangers (The Springfield Panthers will be coming to Minnesota later this season). The Indiana Dream are currently sitting in the middle of the pack in the East at a record of 2-3. The Dream average 33.7 three-point shots per game which is enough for second in the league, however, they haven't been able to capitalize on them as they are currently tied for a league-worst 3 point shot percentage in the league at 26.7%. So long as they don't decide to suddenly get hot this weekend the Rangers should be able to worry a lot less about the outside shooting than they did this past week.

The other area where the dream stand out is their extremely low assist average of 9.3 assists per game which stands in strong contrast with the exceptional ball sharing of the Rangers (28.5 assists per game). Add in the high pressure defense that the Rangers have been using this season and the Dream could be in trouble as they are forced to either move the ball more often than they are used to, or take low percentage shots under the added pressure.

The Rangers are going into this game with an overwhelming league lead in rebounding at 65.7 boards per game. The offseason additions of (C) AJ Wilson and (F) Latrell Love to the front-court as well as the extreme bounce and extra effort of (G) Ken Bass has been paying off with plenty of second chance points for the Rangers. If the Rangers can find a way to get their shooting percentage back up to a level with the rest of the league they will be in an excellent position for when the reigning champion CourtKings roll into town the following week.

If the Rangers and CourtKings make it out of this weekend with wins we will be looking at one heck of a matchup on the 13th as the championship rematch comes loaded with the added bonus of deciding who owns sole possession of first place in the West.

April 27, 2017

Summary: Rangers vs. Broncos

Preview: Rangers vs. Fury

By Jake Moening

This past Sunday the Rangers traveled out to the new home of the Minnesota Broncos in Anoka, MN looking to keep their win-streak alive. It became immediately apparent that these were not the Broncos of the past as they came out firing on all cylinders and working as a strong team on both ends of the floor. Unfortunately for them it was not enough to overcome the strength of this 2017 Rangers squad.

Both teams battled ferociously through the first two quarters and it was a great showing for both teams. The Broncos went into halftime with a four point lead as the Rangers were beginning to show some signs of frustration. However, the Rangers came out of the locker room looking refreshed and refocused and they went to work putting the broncos down by around ten for much of the remaining game. There was still hope for the Broncos with a couple minutes to go, but solid defense and some excellent rebounding in the closing minutes let the Rangers close things out and move to 4-0 with a 116-108 win.

(F) Roc Rogers led the Rangers in scoring Sunday putting up another 27 points which was in line with his season average of 25 ppg so far this season. (G) Meech Williams dished out another 10 assists this game to follow the 11 from Saturday and came just shy of the triple-double with 10 rebounds and 7 points as well. In all, six Rangers ended up in double digit scoring with 26 assists showing good ball movement throughout the game. Defensively, the Rangers took things up a notch from Saturday and the addition of (C) AJ Wilson helped provide some added rim protection.

After back to back games this past weekend the Rangers will get a bit of respite as they are looking at a single home game this Sunday at 3PM; they will be hosting the Chicago Fury. The Fury are sitting at 1-2 so far on the season which is a big shift from their dominant presence in the 2016 season. The loss of some key players from last season's roster and one of the more difficult early season schedules has not done them any favors.

The Rangers showed a marked improvement on defense from last Saturday to Sunday and that will be key in keeping Chicago from turning this game into an offensive shootout. If they can do that then there should be more than enough offensive firepower to finish the job. The Rangers fared well last season against Chicago at home, but they took losses both times that they travelled to Chicago so the Fury are not a team to take lightly.

Tip-off for the game is at the HSRA this Sunday at 3:00 PM and admission to the game will be $7 (9 and under are free); snacks will be available at the concessions stand. Beyond the basketball we will have DJ Sean Thomas providing the music and a special half-time performance by Stephon Rene courtesy of Reigning Records. We look forward to seeing you there #RangerNation! #BringHomeTheShip

April 22, 2017

Summary: Rangers vs. Eagles

Preview: Rangers vs. Broncos

By Jake Moening

After a quick change of plans, the Ranger today met the North Minneapolis Eagles for the home opener. The team had a lot of pent up energy after the past few weeks off, and they let it all out on the Eagles.

The Rangers hopped out to a demanding lead in the first half putting the Eagles in a significant hole, but the Eagles came back in the second half getting hot from beyond the arc to pull it briefly within ten points. The Rangers managed to hold on though to close out the win 141-120.

The Rangers saw some stellar play once again from veteran (F) Roc Rogers putting up 28 points but that wasn’t enough to earn the game high. That honor went to Latrell Love who came off the bench to put up an incredible 29 points shooting 82% and going on a tear deep in the fourth quarter to help close the door on the Eagles.

In the front court there was also plenty to get excited about as we saw (G) Ken Bass put up his first double-double as a Ranger with 13 points and a whopping 17 rebounds! We also saw (G) Meech Williams dish out 11 smooth assists while (G) Quinton Jackson got hot beyond the arc shooting 62% from 3 point range on 8 attempts.

It was an impressive outing all around, and other than a some defensive woes in the third quarter, it was exactly what we had hoped to see.

If you are around the north end of the cities tomorrow you have a chance to catch the Rangers again as they head to Anoka to face off against the Minnesota Broncos for the first time this season. This should be a great matchup and it could put the Rangers at 4-0 on the season. Be sure to keep your eyes on our Facebook page for all the latest info about the game and all our other upcoming events!

April 17, 2017

Preview: Rangers vs. Storm

By Jake Moening

After a long off-season the big day is finally almost here! The Rangers have their home opener this Saturday the 22nd at their new home facility, the High School for Recording Arts. St. Paul will once again be the best place to watch some high quality MBL basketball thanks to your Minnesota Rangers. If you haven’t been out to see a Rangers game yet then you don’t want to miss this opportunity to be part of the historic 2017 season.

Following an unexpected forfeit-win against the Pitbulls on the 8th the Rangers are going into their home opener with a clean 2-0 record on the season. The Rangers are unbeaten in the West along with the 2016 MBL champion CourtKings. Their opponents this week, the Wisconsin Storm, are sitting middle of the pack at 2-1 and will be looking to extend their win streak to three straight.

The Storm are in their second official season with the MBL though they had to forfeit the remainder of last season after only a few weeks due to unforeseen issues. This season, however, they are back in a position to take care of business and will be meeting the Rangers a total of two times. This week will be the tougher of the two matchups for the Storm as they come into St. Paul against a well-rested Rangers squad with plenty of home support which has come to be a big strength of the Rangers organization. Pulling off wins over the lions and pitbulls will help give them confidence going into this contest.

The Rangers are going into this game at nearly full strength; (G) David Hicks will be out due to an ACL injury. This will be the first chance for Ranger fans to see pre-season scoring leader (F) Shane Bosek as well as the return of veteran (F) Tim Lott who both add a significant amount of firepower to an already strong Rangers offense. (F) Latrell Love, who put a lot of pressure on the lions in his MBL debut, has returned from some time playing in the Dominican Republic and should be taking care of business in the paint again as well this week. As an added bonus, fans will get a chance to see the Rangers looking sharp in their new ‘cityscape’ uniforms.

Tip-off is at 3:00 PM and admission to the game will be $7 (9 and under are free); snacks will be available at the concessions stand. Aside from all the great basketball action we will have DJ Sean Thomas providing the music, a raffle for a Rangers t-shirt and future game tickets, and a special half-time performance by Josiah Woods courtesy of Reigning Records. We can’t wait to meet see all of our faithful #RangerNation once again this Saturday as we take one step closer to the 2017 championship! #BringHomeTheShip

April 07, 2017

Preview: Rangers vs. Pitbulls

By Jake Moening

The Rangers this past week got to take their first road trip out to Lincoln, IL where they brought down the Lions with a 114 - 110 victory. We saw a great performance from the new front court additions (F) Latrell Love and (F/C) AJ Wilson putting up 24 and 14 points respectively and AJ pulled down the team’s sole double-double with 11 rebounds as well. 2016 All-Star (F) Roc Rogers wasted no time in reminding everyone he was back, putting up 24 points and camping out at the free throw line much of the game (15 FTA). As we mentioned in last weeks preview, the Rangers have a historically good record of dominating the glass against the Lions and this game was no exception. Specifically, (C) Dominique Dawson got his hands on a game-high 18 rebounds which was a big part of the team’s tyrannical rule of the glass at 74 total rebounds!

As with all things, there is still room for improvement for this Rangers squad. Many of the same areas that plagued the Rangers early last season hit them again this past weekend. Shots from 3-point range were not dropping at a high rate (20%) and the turnovers were far from optimal at 33. No doubt these items will be ironed out again as this season pushes forward and we are more than optimistic about what we are going to see this week. Especially with the return of two strong talents (F) Shane Bosek and (F) Tim Lott who showed very well in the pre-season.

This Saturday the Minnesota Rangers will be on the road again against a crew of their fellow Minnesotans, the Pitbulls, at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park.

The Pitbulls are a new MBL addition in 2017 but they aren’t starting completely from scratch as they have quite a few MBL veterans coming back from both the 2016 Broncos and Rangers squads including 2016 Broncos All-Star (C) Sam Kenyi. They have been showing teams this pre-season that they have some very active hands on defense forcing a considerable number of turnovers and if the offense starts clicking in the same way they could be a tough addition to the Western Conference.

Although the Pitbulls are a new addition to the MBL this season, they and the Rangers met during the preseason while the Pitbulls were under construction. This was the first game situation for the Rangers new 2017 lineup as well, so both teams were working with uncertainties. The Rangers did manage to walk away with the 89-84 victory in that one. Now, both Rosters have been settled and each team has a few more games and practices under their belts so we will get a good look at what they will be offering their respective fans this season.

April 22nd will be the spectacular home opener for the Minnesota Rangers at their new location of the High School for Recording Arts in St. Paul less than a mile from last years Oxford facility. They will be hosting the Wisconsin Storm and it promises to be a game that you won’t want to miss.

March 03, 2017

Preview: Rangers vs. Lions

By Jake Moening

This Saturday the Minnesota Rangers will be down in Lincoln, IL to officially open the 2017 season against the Lincoln Lions.

The Lions and the Rangers met twice last season and the Rangers ended up sweeping the series although both games were tightly contested. Last year is in the past though and both of these teams have had some considerable roster changes during the offseason.

The Lions will be without 2016 all-star Myles Harvell who is now signed with the Springfield Panthers, so we will see if the remaining pieces of the team are able to pick up that slack. Meanwhile, the Rangers have re-signed the entire 2016 starting lineup including all four all-stars. One of the big changes for the Rangers will be the added height and depth to the front court which will help them really control things down low this season.

The Lions, historically, are a solid shooting team from outside and with the return of (F) Marcus Williams and (G) Tommie Ramsey there is a good chance they will continue that trend. The Rangers will need to make sure to make sure they contest those outside shots to avoid the lions getting on a streak and scoring in bunches.

On the other hand, the Lions have not done a historically good job on the glass with only 37.5 rebounds per game on average while the Rangers were second best in the league at 58.3 last season. With the return of All-Star (C) Dominique Dawson and the added productivity down low from the newly signed (F/C) AJ Wilson and (F) Latrell Love those numbers should look even better this season.

The Rangers will be away again the following week as they take on the Minnesota Pitbulls before returning April 22nd for the home opener against the Wisconsin Storm.

December 11, 2016

Signing Day a Big Success

By Jake Moening

Yesterday, at an event hosted by the St. Paul YWCA, the Minnesota Rangers finally dotted the i's and crossed the t's on the 2017 player roster. With many familiar faces and a few new ones the team is set to move forward and show why the Rangers are the 2017 team to beat.

Only a few hours after the signing event was complete the new Rangers squad met for their first pre-season game in St. Paul where they dominated a Minnesota Broncos squad that saw the lead only once at 2-0 before trailing by double digits for the vast majority of the game. The Ranger rookies came out playing like they had been part of the squad the whole time which does not bode well for the competition in this upcoming season.

The 2017 Rookie class:
Shane Bosek
Larry Brown
David Hicks
Latrell Love
AJ Wilson

October 25, 2016

2017 Roster Announcement

By Jake Moening

The Minnesota Rangers are proud to announce the 2017 roster today. We have a bunch of names you'll remember from 2016 championship run as well as a few new names to add to the list. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks as we update the site to include the new players information and pics as well as the schedule for the upcoming 2017 season!

The 2017 Rangers roster includes:
Ken Bass
Shane Bosek
Larry Brown
Dominique "Dom" Dawson
David Hicks
Quinton Jackson
Damien Lolar
Tim Lott
Latrell Love
BJ Moore
Rochester "Roc" Rogers
Demetrius "Meech" Williams

October 18, 2016

New Logo

By Jake Moening

The Minnesota Rangers are changing things up and are updating the logo for the new season. Changing your look is a big deal, but we think it's worth it and we hope you all like it as much as we do! We are going to have more brand changes and info on the upcoming 2017 season in the coming weeks so stay tuned for more.

October 05, 2016

News and Updates

By Jake Moening

The Minnesota Rangers held their first session of tryouts last Saturday and Sunday over at their home court at the OCC. Candidates were put through a grueling set of conditioning drills to test their physical and mental limits followed by some intense scrimmaging. Overall, the organization was happy with what they saw and we should know more about how the 2017 roster will be looking over the next few weeks. There is a make-up tryout to be scheduled for those players who communicated that they would be unavailable for the primary tryout date. For more information please contact head coach Jason Sandifer at

Also last weekend, First-Team All-Stars Dominique Dawson (C) and Roc Rogers (F) headed to Canada to show of their skills in the NBL Canada Combine and attempt to snag an NBLC contract for the upcoming season. In case you missed it this past season, these two were a big part of the Rangers success on the court and we have no doubt they will go far. We've posted their highlight films on the front page as well so be sure to check them out!

Roc and Dom weren't the only ones busy making moves this off-season. The Rangers organization would like to wish good luck to All-Star Tim Lott (F) who recently received an invite to tryout in Frankfurt Germany! Tim became a reliable and regular fixture of the starting unit during the 2016 season and there are definitely more good things to come from him.

Last but not least, All-Star Damien Lolar (F) made his way to the Sioux Falls Skyforce open tryouts at the end of September. This event offered players an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of Skyforce coaches and Miami Heat personnel while they competed to earn an invitation to the NBA Development League team’s training camp in November.

The 2016 season was an amazing way to bring the Rangers into the MBL and we look forward to all the great new things that 2017 has to offer! If you want to be a part of the action as a sponsor or as a season ticket owner we would love to hear from you! Please reach out to for more information!

September 12, 2016

Inaugural Season a Success

By Jake Moening

The Minnesota Rangers finished out their first season with the Midwest Basketball League with the Western conference title, but came up a hair short of the top spot in the post-season. They squeaked out a close one against the Eastern conference Indiana Fury in the semifinals matchup, and moved on to play a tough championship match with the Cedar Valley Courtkings where they were finally bested.

The Western Conference Championship trophy will be on display later this year at the Oxford Community Center where they played their home games this season.

Following the championship, the Rangers had three representatives head out to the All Star game in Lincoln, IL: Roc Rogers (F), Tim Lott (F) and Damien Lolar (F). The West took down the East with a 172-164 victory and Roc Rogers was named MVP of the game with a staggering 42 points.

Looking forward to the offseason the Rangers are set to hold tryouts on October 1st at Oxford Community Center. The fee will be $45.

August 19, 2016

Rangers Team Tryouts on Oct. 1st

By Jake Moening

Do you think you have what it takes to join the 2016 Western Conference Champions on their return to the top in 2017? Minnesota Rangers are holding open tryouts for the 2017 season on October 1st at 9am . Tryout fee will be $45, cash only please.

Location: Oxford Community Center Gym A
270 Lexington Pkwy N
St. Paul, MN 55104

August 05, 2016

Preview: Rangers vs. Lions

By Jake Moening

This Saturday the Minnesota Rangers (10-3) are hosting the Lincoln Lions (5-4) for the second and final time this season. This will be the final game of the season for both of these teams, and should be a good one as the Rangers look to fine tune their game as they move forward into the playoffs while the Lions will be fighting to keep their playoff dreams alive. The game will take place at 1PM at Oxford Community Center in St. Paul. If you haven’t had a chance to check out a Rangers or Lions regular season game this year then this will be your last chance!

The Lions, a late addition to the MBL West, have been leading the middle of the pack so far this season taking down some of the lower ranked teams in the East and West, and coming up just short against the big dogs in the West. They lost to the Fury by just one point and were within 4 points of the Rangers so they have what it takes to win this one. Beyond that, this is the game that makes or breaks the Lions post-season; with a win on Saturday the Lions can move ahead of the Fury and clinch the final Western conference playoff slot.

The Lions biggest strength seems to be their three-point shooting. They are sitting at second place in the conference beyond the arc at just shy of 40%. Their biggest struggles seem to come on the boards where they are at a league low 37.9 rebounds per game average. They will need to take things up a notch down low this week and grab those boards if they want to win this one.

The Rangers took their third loss of the season last weekend against the Fury leaving them winless for the season out in the Windy City, but we hope to see a renewed vigour from them this week as they use their last opportunity to polish things up before heading to the playoffs. To win this week they will need to make sure they make those extra passes to get clean uncontested shots and make sure they take advantage of the free throws when they come. The Rangers seem to have begun struggling again in this area as of late and could be the difference maker this weekend.

The Rangers have come a long way in this inaugural season and battled hard to end up on top of the West. With the season coming to a close you can see the impressive results Jason Sandifer and his staff have achieved while bringing this winning-machine into the spotlight. The Rangers started as a disparate set of talented individuals who relentlessly pounded the paint to victory; overcoming their shortcomings with pure tenacity. But, with solid training and a ton of hard work by the players, we have seen the Rangers make a paradigm shift to what is now a seemingly-effortless offense that spreads the ball and creates clean shot opportunities all over the floor. A defense that seemed a bit wild and patchy is now a fluid fortress that has frustrated the opposition time and time again.

The Rangers are no longer individuals; in the truest sense of the word they are a team. More than that they are a family; the Rangers don’t just exist for a few hours every Saturday. I’ve had the good fortune to see the ins and outs of this organization over this past season and it’s a truly impressive watching it work from the owner all the way down to the players. This organization is full of great players who are also great people and that’s something special that they can be proud of. It’s been a great ride so far and I look forward to following along with the rest of the Ranger Nation into the post-season and beyond.

Players to watch:

  • Dominique Dawson (C) of the Rangers put on a special performance last time these two teams met putting up 31 points and 12 rebounds. With the lions struggling on the boards this season, expect Dom to have another fantastic game this week.
  • Marcus Williams (F) has been the shining star of the Lions offense thus far averaging 20.1 points a game with an average of 53.7% beyond the arc. Expect him to be the main focus of the Lions’ offensive effort this week.
  • Tickets go on sale at the door cash only $10 for ages 13+; $5 for kids 5-12 years old; kids under 4 are free. for more details be sure to check out the official event listing on Facebook.

    July 21, 2016

    Summary: Rangers vs. Broncos

    By Jake Moening

    Last Saturday was the final meeting for the 2016 regular season between the Minnesota Rangers and the Minnesota Broncos. The Rangers ended up winning the game (135 -128) and sweeping the season series; they have a good chance of bringing home the Western conference championship trophy if they can finish out the rest of the regular season this way.

    Saturday’s game started out rough for the Broncos, and it looked like the Rangers were going to make short work of things after the opening minutes. Eventually, the Broncos got things under control and ended up taking the lead after one quarter of play. The Rangers, surged back to take the lead and managed to keep the broncos chasing them into the third, then took a big lead before the fourth quarter where they held on for the comfortable win.

    The Broncos leaned heavily on Kavaarian Williams (G) again this game as he came away with 33 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds. Williams, however, didn’t do it alone this week as Sam Kenyi (F) and Alex Cappard (G) took strong scoring roles putting up 25 and 19 points respectively. While the Broncos offense did perform exceptionally well against this Rangers unit, the defense was unable to keep up which allowed the Rangers to put up a whopping 135 points which was more than enough to clinch the win.

    The Rangers saw another outstanding performance this week from All-Star center Dominique Dawson who put up 24 points and an incredible 19 boards plus a pair of steals. His performance was good enough to net him the ‘Western Conference Player of the Week’ award for his first time this season. Rangers' Forward Roc Rogers did what he has done so well all season, carving his way through the paint and putting up 24 points and snagging 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The Rangers artillery unit, Damien Lolar (F) and Jordan Osberg (G), were on fire again this week putting up 20 and 14 points respectively as they shelled the Broncos from deep. The surprise of the week was starting point guard Quinton Jackson, who had a break-out game putting up 15 points (including 4 for 4 from beyond the arc) and dropping 7 dimes. When asked how he was feeling about it after the game Jackson said, “I’m in playoffs mode now.” I think it’s safe to say this entire Rangers squad will be working extra hard over the next few weeks to take their game to that next level in order to be ready for the playoffs.

    The Rangers will have a bye week this weekend, but will be headed to Chicago to take on the Fury in their final road game of the season the following week, while the Broncos this week are hosting the Lincoln Lions in St. Paul.

    July 14, 2016

    Preview: Rangers vs. Broncos

    By Jake Moening

    Saturday is the final meeting between the two Minnesota rivals, the Rangers (8 - 2) and the Broncos (3 - 7). We will watch the third matchup between these two St. Paul clubs at Oxford Community Center in St. Paul on the Rangers’ upstairs home court. The Rangers took the first two games so the broncos will be looking to get one back here as we close out the 2016 season. You can expect there will be quite a few folks in attendance for this one as so many local fans are familiar with players from both teams; it should be a fun one to watch.

    The Broncos have had a rough go of it this season, but that doesn’t mean they will be a pushover for the conference leading Rangers. If you’ve been following along, you will remember that the Broncos were the ones who finally handed the Fury their first loss of the season, and did so in spectacular fashion. The Dynamic duo that is Kavaarian Williams (G) and Darius Campbell (F) is not one to dismiss. These two can supercharge this Broncos team and put points up in a hurry. The key this week for the Broncos is to focus on the rebound game. They have been getting killed this season with a conference low defensive 22.3 rebounds per game as opposed to the almost 40 boards of the rangers. In general, defense appears to be the biggest struggle for this Broncos squad as they have allowed 126 points per game on average in their past 5 games. If they can stop the bleeding there and get some good shots they should be ok.

    The Rangers managed hold off the CourtKings again this past weekend and are now sitting on a comfortable two game lead in the west. They have developed strong team chemistry and are showing signs of progress in all areas of their game. This should be a great opportunity for them to show that progress to the mass of MN fans making their way out to the game this weekend. The key to a Rangers victory this week should be just continuing to play the game they have the past couple weeks. Good stout defense and spreading the ball evenly on offense has been working to make this team one tough nut to crack. The Rangers have also had success the past couple weeks taking shots from beyond the arc and they should continue to do so this week in order to try opening up a comfortable gap early.

    Players to watch:

  • Darius Campbell (F) and Kavaarian Williams (G) have been putting up solid numbers all around the court this season and are the top two scorers for the Broncos. Expect the dynamic duo to come in strong this week to wreak havoc on their former team.
  • Dominique Dawson (C) of the Rangers has fared well both times these two teams have met this season averaging a double-double at 20.5 points and 10.5 boards. We can expect him to step up again this week and own the boards.
  • The Rangers saw a breakout performance from Damien Lolar (F) last week putting up a stunning 32 points and shooting 60% from beyond the arc. That’s two games in a row now where Lolar has really helped propel this team forward and this week should be more of the same.
  • Tickets go on sale at the door cash only $10 for ages 13+; $5 for kids 5-12 years old; kids under 4 are free. for more details be sure to check out the official event listing on Facebook.

    July 13, 2016

    Summary: Rangers vs. CourtKings

    By Jake Moening

    Last Saturday we saw the second and final meeting of the Minnesota Rangers and the Cedar Valley CourtKings in St. Paul where Minnesota looked to sweep the two game season series. This game was just as close and intense as the first and ended in nearly the exact same fashion with the Rangers squeaking out the win by just 3 points (101 - 98). Minnesota came out with a commanding lead in the first quarter as the CourtKings struggled to find their rhythm. It wasn’t long, though, before the CourtKings got in a groove dominating the second quarter and making up a ten point deficit to grab a one point lead at the half. Cedar Valley kept pushing in the third, but a barrage of threes from the Rangers drowned their efforts and by the end of the fourth the Rangers had worked their way back to enough of a lead to hold on to the finish.

    Cedar Valley saw an exceptional performance again from Marvin Singleton (F) the Minnesota native who put up 24 critical points that helped the CourtKings keep pace in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Unfortunately, the CourtKings didn’t have much luck from long range shooting only 20% from beyond the arc compared to the almost 54% of the Rangers.

    The Rangers, after getting back under control in the third, got a huge boost from Damien Lolar (F) who put up 32 points including 6 three-pointers and Jordan Osberg who got 17 points and went 4 for 4 from three-point range. The Rangers looked extra smooth on offense spreading the ball around nicely and racking up 24 assists compared to just 14 by Cedar Valley. We’ve really started to see this team come together on both sides of the ball and I expect as we roll toward the playoffs the Rangers are going to be a team you will definitely want to keep your eyes on.

    The Rangers (8 - 2) will be staying at home this weekend again to take on the Minnesota Broncos (3 - 7) at Oxford Community Center. While the CourtKings (6 - 4) head to Lincoln, IL to take on the Lions (3 - 2).

    July 07, 2016

    Preview: Rangers vs. CourtKings

    By Jake Moening

    After the fourth of July bye week it’s time to get at it again; MBL action will be hot this weekend including the rematch of the conference leading Minnesota Rangers (7-2) and the second place Cedar Valley CourtKings (6-3) in St. Paul, MN. This will be the final regular season meeting between these two power-house teams in the 2016 season. Last time these two met we saw an intense defensive battle ending with the Rangers narrowly squeaking by with the win 93 - 90. Both of these teams have shown significant growth throughout the season and have their sights dead-set on the playoffs which should make this a fantastic game. If you only make it to one game this season, this is the one to see.

    The CourtKings have been hot since they last met the Rangers, winning four straight. These haven’t been close games either; they have been destroying the competition by an average of 36 points each game! The CourtKings have had a consistently strong defense this season, and their last exhibition game against the MBL select was no exception; they nabbed 23 steals and held the select team to just 83 points of offense. While the CourtKings didn’t start the season with a ton of offense we are now seeing major improvement as they have averaged 130 points in their last 3 games. The key factor this week for the CourtKings is to be sure they bring their defensive intensity to St. Paul and really force the Rangers to scramble against the shot clock and settle for those lower percentage contested shots.

    Minnesota was on fire in June, now sitting on a five game win streak going into Saturday’s game. The Rangers, while already having a reputation for offensive power, have benefitted immensely the past couple games from increased production off their bench. The Rangers have been working really well together across the entire team and have done a great job of moving the ball and putting up high quality shots. This weekend, they will need to continue that trend to force the CourtKings defense to slip up and settle into match-ups that will allow the Rangers impressive array of offensive weapons to really go to work.

    Players to watch:

  • Minnesota’s Roc Rogers (F) is currently sitting in a second place position for the MVP nomination and you can bet that after missing the last game in Lincoln he’s looking to fight his way up to that number one spot. Expect him to light-up the court Saturday.
  • Andre Norris (F) of the CourtKings went off against the MBL select before the bye week, putting up 27 points and grabbing 6 steals. In the past three games he’s averaged 28 points. The Rangers will surely have their hands full trying to keep him in check this week.
  • Damien Lolar (F) really lit up things from three point range against the Lions. Perhaps we’ll get to see some long range bombing from him and Jordan Osberg (G) again this week to help the Rangers.
  • Injuries / Absences:

    The Rangers report no injuries and Tim Lott (F) will be absent for personal reasons. CourtKings were unavailable for comment at the time of publication

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    June 29, 2016

    Summary: Rangers vs. Lions

    By Jake Moening

    The Rangers did it again this week pulling down their fifth straight win while on the road in Illinois. The Lincoln Lions had a ton of fight and the game was close, but in the end, the Rangers took it 120 - 116.

    This week was a new and interesting challenge for the Rangers as it was the first game without MVP candidate Roc Rogers (F) leading the charge. This was a big opportunity for the rest of the team to come out and show that the Rangers are a complete team with depth and they did just that.

    The lions got solid all around performance from the entire team with eight of the nine players putting up double digit points. Unfortunately for them, it wasn’t quite enough. They didn’t seem to have quite the same results from the perimeter that they have enjoyed in the past and they got drawn into far too many foul situations giving the Rangers 49 shot opportunities from the stripe.

    This week saw more exceptional play from Rangers’ starting center Dominique Dawson. He stepped up this week with a renewed level of aggression in the post and put away 31 points with 12 boards. Dom is also in the running for MVP this season and if we continue to see the kind of improvement he’s shown over the past couple games you can expect his stock to rise quickly.

    Also, Damien Lolar (F) of the Rangers came out guns-a-blazing filling the void from Roc Rogers with a solid 25 points. He really gave the team a boost from three point land where he went 5 for 9 and helped offset the three point shooting from the Lions.

    Last but not least, the Rangers had Tim Lott (F) break out and show the offense we have been hoping for this season. To go along with his solid defense he put 17 points and 7 boards while playing through an ankle sprain. Hopefully, we will continue to see these kinds of contributions from him as we begin closing out the regular season.

    Maybe the biggest contributor to the win this week was the Rangers team defense. They really came together in the second half shutting down the lions’ scoring machine and forcing some key turnovers. Head coach Jason Sandifer had this to say about it, “We talked about taking more risks second half and they paid off.” Ever since the Rangers played the CourtKings at the end of May they have been playing as a cohesive unit both offensively and defensively. The fluid rotations and extra passes on offense are all showing that this team knows what it takes to work together for a victory. This is something they are going to need to draw upon July 9th when they meet the, now tied for second place, CourtKings who they narrowly defeated last month.

    The Rangers and Lions really put on a good show this past weekend, and the rematch August 6th, in St. Paul, will be a game you won’t want to miss. Save the date and be sure to come out and help your hometown Rangers close out the regular season with a bang!

    June 25, 2016

    Preview: Rangers vs. Lions

    By Jake Moening

    This Saturday the Minnesota Rangers (6-2) are headed out east to Lincoln, IL to meet the Lions (3-1) for the first time.

    This is the the first of two meetings between these teams as the Lions stepped in midway through the season to replace the Chicago Clovers. The final meeting between the Rangers and Lions will be August 6th in St. Paul.

    The Lions are still a bit of a mystery as they came in late to the MBL West. We saw them take down the Monarchs over in the East before their transition to the Western Conference and since then they have been bested by the CourtKings, took down the Broncos, and notched a forfeit win from the Storm. From what we have seen the Lions do their best work behind the arc leading the conference with a 44.7% average, but they seem to suffer on defense pulling in some of the worst numbers on blocks, steals and rebounds in the league. In order for them to succeed they will need to really step it up inside and get the boards and make the stops that can keep them in the game and allow them to put those shooters to work on offense from the perimeter.

    The Rangers are coming off a sweet victory at home to give them their fourth straight win and put them on top of the Western conference. They have been playing well on both sides of the ball and are looking to keep the ball rolling in Lincoln. This week we will hopefully see good production from the bench again to supplement the starting line, while continuing to see more of that developing defense that has been so effective the past couple weeks. The Rangers also need to continue to improve on their free throws and turnover issues that have become a recurring theme this season.

    June 22, 2016

    Summary: Rangers vs. Fury

    By Jake Moening

    This past Saturday in St. Paul we saw the two leaders of the MBL West square off to see who is deserving of sole possession of the number one spot. The Chicago Fury came out strong in the first quarter, really flowing well and putting up points with relative ease, but midway through the second and into the third, the Minnesota Rangers turned things around and charged past the Fury for the decisive 122-101 victory.

    The Fury looked to really feel the loss of two of their star players (Johnathon Mills (F) and John Taylor (G)) who were unable to make it to Saturday’s game. The aggressive rebounding and second chance points they are used to seeing didn’t show up and they had to adjust for it. Unfortunately, they didn’t patch all the holes they needed for the victory.

    The Rangers saw some great play again this week as the ever-reliable Roc Rogers put up a stunning 30 pts, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in just 3 quarters of play. We also caught a glimpse of what’s to come from Jordan Osberg as he came out into the spotlight putting up 17 points including 5 triples as well as 7 rebounds. Lastly, Saturday brought back the Kenny Bass we missed from week 3 as he put up 12 points 8 rebounds and 7 assists in just 3 quarters shooting 100% including a triple to round out the afternoon.

    All in all, the Rangers proved again that they are still a force to be reckoned with and have earned their position atop the Western Conference. The Rangers move on this week to take on the Lincoln Lions out in Illinois hoping to push their winning streak to 5, while the Fury will head home and try to make some adjustments before the Minnesota Broncos arrive this weekend.

    June 17, 2016

    Preview: Rangers vs. Fury

    By Jake Moening

    This Saturday, in St. Paul, the Minnesota Rangers (5-2) host the Chicago Fury (5-2) in a battle for the number one position in the MBL West.

    This is the second time these two teams have met while jointly holding first place within the western conference and it's bound to be another hot matchup. Last time these two squads met the Fury managed to best the Rangers by eight in a close game. However, this week the Rangers are coming off a three game winning streak, will have home court advantage and should be well rested after not playing last weekend due to a forfeit by the Wisconsin Storm. The Fury will be coming in off of a devastating 36 point loss to the CourtKings and looking to turn things back around and put that game in the rear-view.

    The Fury have been lighting up the stats listings so far this season sitting in the top position in all but two stat categories (steals and three point percentage) for the western conference. One key to a road victory here is for them to take it to the paint hard to try to get to the line often. With a league best free throw percentage (82.4%) on an average of 25 free throws per game they should do everything they can to get keep pulling in those easy points at the stripe. On the other end of the court, they need to be opting for good fouls to send the Rangers to the line where possible as they are sitting at a conference worst 58.7% free throw average.

    The Rangers, on the other hand, need to make the Fury feel the same defensive pressure that they brought against the CourtKings two weeks ago. A big key to the CourtKings victory over the Fury just this past week was their stout defense and the Rangers have shown that they are capable of the doing the same. Part of their defensive task is going to include getting more physical down low and shutting down Johnathon Mills on the glass; if they cut off Mills’ historically steady stream of second chance points the Fury will be forced to be more selective with their first shots.

    This should be a great game between two colossal teams, and in the end one of these two will walk away with the first place honors in the West and bragging rights going into the final meeting of these two teams on July 30th.

    Players To Watch:

  • Johnathon Mills (F) of the Fury is quickly becoming one of the most recognized names in the MBL. With three ‘Player of the Week’ awards already this season no doubt he is looking to get another one this weekend with his stunning post play.
  • Roc Rogers (F) has been busting through defenses for the Rangers all season so far; expect to see him driving through the paint more akin to a boulder this Saturday.
  • Dominique Dawson (C) of the Rangers is going to be put to the test this week going up against two great rebounders (Johnathon Mills (F) and Don Kellum (C)) Look for him to be pulling out all the stops this week to take control of the glass.
  • Numbers:

  • 10.5 / 26.3 - Turnovers per game on average for the Fury and Rangers respectively.
  • 0 - Number of home games the Rangers have lost this season. Interestingly, it’s also the number of wins the Rangers have against Chicago teams so far this season.
  • 94.5 / 79 - Shot attempts per game on average for the Rangers and Fury respectively.
  • Injuries / Absences:

    The Rangers report no injuries. Fury were unavailable for comment at time of publication.

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    June 07, 2016

    Preview: Rangers vs. Storm

    By Jake Moening

    This week the Wisconsin Storm are crossing the border to take on the Minnesota Rangers. Last time these two teams met the Rangers were out in Milwaukee and finished with a win (118-109). This will be the second of three meetings between these two teams this season. It will also be the first and only game the Rangers play this season in their alternate home location out in Eagan, MN.

    The Rangers broke the Broncos last week to put them on a two game winning streak for the second time this season. The big key to that victory was their ability to spread the ball around and see solid production from their starters and the bench as well. This week the Rangers will need to make sure to keep the same intense defense along the perimeter that was so effective against the Broncos as the Storm have been known to do some damage from long range. They will also need to do something about the turnovers that have been plaguing them all season long. If they do both of these things they should do well this week.

    Last week the Storm took on the Fury and had the wind knocked out of their sails as they fell 125 -100 out in Chicago, putting them back in last place in the conference. They will be looking to turn things around this week. The important thing for the Storm to concentrate on this week will be swarming the paint on defense and forcing the Rangers to lean on their outside shooting which has been less effective. They also need to take advantage of second chance rebounds which the Rangers have struggled to avoid off and on this season.

    Players To Watch:

  • Darvell Brown (G) of the Storm put up an impressive 33 points going 14 for 19 against the Broncos two weeks ago. With Chris McHenry (G) feeding him from the point they’ll be a potent one-two punch that might give the Rangers trouble this week.
  • Roc Rogers (F) and Dominique Dawson (C), on the other side of the matchup, are each averaging a double-double (points and rebounds) for the season. If the last meeting of these two teams is any indication, then the Storm are going to want to keep the ball out of their hands as much as humanly possible.
  • Jordan Osberg (G) is one of the Rangers best kept secret weapons. He has quietly come off the bench and performed consistently all season long putting up good numbers in all categories including two of the Rangers shakiest (Turnovers and Free Throws). I expect he won’t remain quiet for long and this week might just be the one where he finally hits it big.
  • Numbers:

  • 58.3 / 33.4 - Rebounds per game on average for the Rangers and Storm respectively
  • 15.2 / 26.3 - Turnovers per game on average for the Storm and Rangers respectively
  • 4 - Number of Storm players averaging over 20 points per game
  • 115.8 - Average number of points allowed by the Storm.
  • Injuries / Absences:

    Neither Team was available for comment at the time of publication.

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    June 06, 2016

    Summary: Rangers vs. Broncos

    By Jake Moening

    This past Saturday the Minnesota Rangers visited the Minnesota Broncos on their home court. The Rangers got down to business walking away with a road win to bring the season series to 2 - 0 against the Broncos. After a slow start for the Rangers in the first half, they picked up some serious steam and showed the crowd the definition of teamwork. They did a great job of spreading the ball around and using the entire team to put the Broncos on their heels and keep them there. The Broncos, on the other hand, saw great production by a few, but never really seemed to get the offense in a flow which ultimately left them short of their goal. The final meeting of the Rangers and Broncos will take place Sat. July 16th at the Rangers home court in Oxford Community Center, St. Paul.

    The Rangers have seen some churn in the roster early in this 2016 season losing Darius Campbell and Dylan Hale most recently, but saw some new talent arrive last week with Demarco Davis, Demetrius Williams, and Estan Tyler. We got a preview of these new acquisitions this past weekend and they did well coming off the bench to help out in the victory.

    In particular, the Rangers got a huge boost from Estan Tyler who came into his debut packing some serious firepower. Tyler gave us a showing from the 3 point range that we haven’t seen from this young Rangers squad hitting 4 of 5 and finishing with a solid 17 points in his first outing. We also saw an outstanding effort this week from Rangers’ big man, Dominique Dawson. Dom was on fire going 13 of 22 for a team high 28 points including a nice triple and 12 boards. The Rangers as a team, while better than the previous week, struggled again at the charity stripe shooting only 54.5%. The turnovers were also back again in full force this week as the Rangers coughed up the ball a staggering 29 times tying their season worst. Luckily for the Rangers, this week they more than made up for their faults with good shots and great team play. They did a good job of grabbing the rebounds, playing tough defense on the perimeter, and making the extra pass ending with a solid 30 assists.

    The Broncos, however, felt the effects of the more individual style of play recording only 15 assists and ending with only three players hitting double digits scoring compared to the Rangers’ six. Darius Campbell and Kavaarian Williams put up quite a fight ending up with 34 and 28 points respectively as the Rangers scrambled to contain them. Not only that, but Campbell was picking pockets like Apollo Robbins ending with 7 steals as well before fouling out in the 4th.

    The Rangers (4 - 2) are back home this Saturday at their alternate home court in Eagan, MN to take on the Wisconsin Storm, while the Broncos (2 - 4) will be hitting the road to meet the Lions out in Nebraska.

    May 31, 2016

    Preview: Rangers vs. Broncos

    By Jake Moening

    Saturday the Rangers (3 - 2) will be meeting the Broncos (2 - 3) in the basement at Oxford Community Center for a home town rivalry match. The last time these two duked it out the Rangers rode to victory on a comfortable 25 point lead. The Broncos have since proved that they have what it takes to dominate the best out there unseating the undefeated Chicago Fury two weeks ago.

    The Rangers managed take the CourtKings off their throne this past weekend in part due to some good defense, though they generally have a reputation as an offense heavy team. We’ll be looking to see them to come out guns-a-blazing again this week against their Minnesota rivals. The key this week is for the Rangers to attack the paint like they do best and make sure they hit the free throws that come from it. They need to get those points early and keep hammering away while simultaneously denying the Broncos long-range shooters out on the perimeter. The defense is going to need to rotate fluidly again this week like they did against the CourtKings if they want to keep those outside shots contested. The Rangers absolutely can not afford to get behind and rely on their long range shooting to catch up as it just hasn’t been consistent enough so far this season.

    The Broncos on the other hand, after a loss in Wisconsin need to buckle down and make sure they force the Rangers to the outside making them settle for long contested twos or threes where they have been less effective. If they let the Rangers in to attack the basket they will find themselves getting picked apart by an offensive swarm that has been lighting teams up all season. They will also need to work twice as hard boxing out and controlling the boards as they can’t afford to give up those rebounds for second chance opportunities; the Rangers may not have found their groove from long range yet, but they have done a good job of snatching those offensive rebounds and converting them into points anyway . Offensively, if they can make use of their collection of deadly accurate shooters they might bury the Rangers quickly by bombing them from three-point-land.

    Players To Watch:

  • Darius Campbell (F) - Darius took the Western Conference Player of the Week honors two weeks ago putting up a huge 36 points (including 7 from deep) 13 rebounds 6 assists and 4 steals. This will be the first time he meets his former team and it will be exciting to see how it shakes out.
  • Tim Lott (F) - While he was just off from long range this past week for the Rangers his overall performance including his defense made him a major force on the court. He had three blocked shots and really stretched his range with 7 attempts from beyond the arc; if he gets hot this week we may be in for quite a show.
  • Kavaarian Williams (G) - Another former Ranger snatched up by the Broncos, Kavaarian has proven to be tough to contain on offense putting up good numbers all across the boards. If he can keep his turnover numbers down he’ll likely rack up the points and assists again this week.
  • Dominique Dawson (C) - The Rangers have an edge in the rebounding department going into this matchup so expect Dom to do what he does best and Dominate the boards. He’s provided some healthy offense as well as of late so you can expect good numbers in both areas.
  • Numbers:

  • 2 - This is the second of a three game season series between the two teams.
  • 58.6 / 37.3 - Average rebounds per game for the Rangers and Broncos respectively
  • 45.6 - Average three point percentage for the Broncos since Darius Campbell (F) left the Rangers and joined the squad.
  • 8 - Number of steals Rangers guard Kenny Bass had last time these two teams met.
  • Injuries / Absences:

    Rangers report no injuries. Broncos were unavailable for comment at the time of publication

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    May 30, 2016

    Summary: Rangers vs. CourtKings

    By Jake Moening

    This past Saturday the Cedar Valley CourtKings came to St. Paul and met the Rangers for the first time at Oxford Community Center. This one was a real nail-biter ending with a pair of back to back CourtKing three point attempts in the closing seconds that just refused to drop. In the end, the scales tipped towards the Rangers and they came away with a 93 - 90 victory to bring them into second place in the conference at 3 - 2 overall while the CourtKings drop to 2 - 3.

    Both teams seemed to have some trouble getting their shots to drop this weekend, particularly beyond the arc. The Rangers ended at 25% and the CourtKings at 17.4% from three-point range, which is well below the league average. Part of that can be attributed to the strong perimeter defense we saw on both sides, and part is something the coaches will just have to continue to work with their players on to improve. The turnovers were also a big issue for both teams this week as they cancelled each other out with 25 a piece.

    The Rangers took a particularly strong hit this weekend in the free throw department shooting only 44% on 27 attempts, a new low, vaguely reminiscent of their first home game where they shot a rough 48% from the line. This week did see a strong performance off the bench from Taurice Smith (G) with 4 steals and a pair of blocks while putting up 9 points and 4 dimes. Dominique Dawson (C) again showed solid play this week putting up a double-double with 12 points and 12 boards.

    The CourtKings never quite seemed to get an offensive rhythm going this week and ended up leaning heavily on Marvin Singleton (F) who ended with a solid 23 points 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The CourtKings defense was once again the shining star for them holding the Rangers to a season low 93 points on their home court.

    There is no doubt that when the CourtKings return to St. Paul on July 9th it will be another exciting one that you will not want to miss.

    The Rangers (3 - 2) are sticking around Minnesota this Saturday as they head over to play the Minnesota Broncos (2 - 3) on their home court to try a repeat performance from week three. Meanwhile, the CourtKings (2 - 3) will be headed home to host the Lincoln Lions (1 - 0) to try to serve them their first loss of the season.

    May 26, 2016

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    May 25, 2016

    Preview: Rangers vs. CourtKings

    By Jake Moening

    The Minnesota Rangers are headed home to Oxford Community Center in St. Paul this Memorial Day weekend where they will get their first chance to meet the Cedar Valley CourtKings this season. The Rangers, coming off a three game series on the road, will be itching to get another win on their home court after dropping two in a row out in Chicago. The CourtKings on the other hand will be looking to extend their current win streak to three and keeping the momentum they gained after thrashing the Wisconsin Storm at home last weekend (104 - 76). In either case, one of these two teams will be moving back above .500 after this game into the top half of the conference.

    The Rangers had trouble closing the deal out in Chicago the past two weeks, but they have made some big improvements overall this season that should help them this week. In particular, they have turned around their free throw shooting considerably since the season opener (48% to 88%). The Rangers have an opportunity here to get the offensive guns blazing and put the CourtKings in a hole early especially with the return of their full complement of top scorers this week. The key for the Rangers will be to find the lanes and make the extra passes and expose the limited gaps in the CourtKings’ staunch defense.

    The CourtKings have made adjustments after starting the season with two straight losses and got themselves back in the running improving most significantly on defense. The CourtKings have averaged only 73.5 points allowed in the last two games which could be a real challenge for this Rangers team which has primarily been involved in some offense-heavy shootouts so far this season and have been plagued by turnover issues. If the CourtKings can maintain the same stout defense as last weekend and avoid going shot for shot with the Rangers it could be enough to make up for their last-in-conference shooting percentage (40.1%) that has them averaging a good 10 points less per game than the Rangers. As the old adage goes, “Defense wins championships.”

    Players to watch:

  • Roc Rogers (F) of the Rangers continues to show up and get things done and this week should be no exception. By now we have just come to expect great stat lines from Roc so keep an eye out for number 34.
  • Dylan Hale (G), also of the Rangers, was absent the past two games in Chicago. As one of the top 3 scorers on the team, expect his return this weekend to have a positive impact on the offense and force the CourtKings to keep a close eye on the perimeter.
  • The CourtKings have seen big improvements each week from Andre Norris (G). He’s steadily increased his numbers in nearly every category and there is no reason to suspect he’ll stop this week. Watch for Norris to set the pace for the CourtKings offense as they will need to put some serious points on the board to keep pace with the high scoring Rangers squad.
  • Numbers:

  • 4 - Number of teams out of the 6 western conference teams tied at a 2-2 record going into this weekend.
  • 91.7 - Free throw percentage (11 of 12) of Andre Norris over his past 3 appearances
  • 113.7 / 103.2 - Average number of points scored per game by the Rangers and CourtKings respectively
  • 106.75 / 91.75 - Average number of points allowed per game by the Rangers and CourtKings respectively
  • Injuries / Absences:

    The Rangers report no injuries. CourtKings were unavailable for comment at the time of publication

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    May 24, 2016

    Summary: Rangers vs. Clovers

    By Jake Moening

    The Chicago Clovers came out on top this past weekend against the Minnesota Rangers out in Chi-Town. This was another long road trip for Minnesota and finishes their three game road series where they ended 1-2 dropping the last two in Chicago. The game was very evenly matched throughout, with the Clovers taking a slight advantage in the third quarter; just enough to come away with the narrow victory.

    Both teams move to 2-2 overall into a four-way tie for second in the western conference along with the Broncos and CourtKings. This Memorial Day weekend the Rangers will be coming home to host the CourtKings in their first meeting, while the Clovers will head across town to the Red Shield Center to face off with the Fury.

    [More in depth summary to come once the replay video is available]

    May 18, 2016

    Preview: Rangers vs. Clovers

    By Jake Moening

    After an unfortunate loss in Chicago against the Fury this past weekend, the Minnesota Rangers (2-1) head back this Saturday May 21st to take on the Chicago Clovers (1-2). This game brings the Rangers road stretch to a close and they will be looking to improve on the issues that hurt them against the Fury. This is the first of a three game season series between the Rangers and the Clovers.

    It's no secret that the Rangers have struggled to keep control of the ball so far this season with league worst 25.3 turnovers per game. They are going to have to clean things up this week or they may be in trouble against a Clovers team which had 21 steals in their first game against the CourtKings and have put up rebounding numbers on par with the Fury. On the other hand, if the Rangers can keep a handle on the ball and get to the line like they have done so far this season they should be able to keep the Clovers in check. Arguably the Ranger’s greatest strength so far this season has been their athleticism. Team Trainer, Jill Fisher, has seemingly given this team superhuman stamina which has allowed them to play all out for four quarters in a way that we just haven't seen from other teams. The Rangers are becoming notorious for a late game energy that leaves their opponents looking completely burned out during the closing minutes.

    The Clovers are a bit of a mystery still this season; after a great showing offensively and defensively in week three against the CourtKings, they ended up forfeiting to the Broncos the following week and then narrowly winning an offensive slugfest in Wisconsin this past week ( 135-132). We can’t be sure which version of the Clovers defense might show up this week, but it seems safe to say the offense will be potent. The Clovers showed in week three that they are dangerous from long range and that might be the key to their success this week. If they can get out front quickly with a barrage of threes and force the Rangers to make some mistakes leading to turnovers they may be able to get the Rangers in a hole like the Fury did last week and ride it to the finish.

    Players to watch:

  • Minnesota’s Roc Rogers (F) has been the Rangers’ most consistent weapon through the last three games averaging a double-double at 22.3 points and 11 rebounds and has been the most successful at capitalizing on free throws with an 82.4% average. Expect him to live up to his name and be the rock for this team to rally around on Saturday.
  • Minnesota should see the return of their #2 scorer this week, Damien Lolar (F), which should increase the Ranger’s output considerably and allow them to keep pace even if the Clovers start hitting those triples.
  • Walter Lemon Jr. (G) Was an all-around beast against the CourtKings putting up an impressive 33 points, 10 boards, 9 assists, 6 steals, and 3 blocks. Include his 66.7% shooting beyond the arc and his flawless record from the line and It seems there’s nothing this man can’t do. The Clovers will be leaning heavily on his skills this week to get them out front early.
  • Numbers:

  • 25.3 - Number of turnovers per game the Rangers are averaging to this point in the season.
  • 59.1 - Three point shooting percentage for the Chicago Clovers in week 3
  • 113.7 - Points per game average for the Minnesota Rangers this season
  • 1,930 - Miles traveled for this three game road series by the Minnesota Rangers
  • Injuries / Absences:

    The Rangers report no injuries. Dylan Hale, Jordan Osberg, and Taurice Smith will be absent for personal reasons. Clovers were unavailable for comment at the time of publication

    May 16, 2016

    Summary: Rangers vs. Fury

    By Jake Moening

    In a hard-fought battle for first place in the MBL west, the Fury came out on top this past Sunday 118 to 108. Both teams came in with unblemished records, so the scene was set for an exciting first meeting between these two top contenders.

    Both teams came out battling for the lead before settling at a 25-25 tie part-way through the first quarter. Then Chicago pulled away with eleven straight unanswered points to give them a commanding lead from which they never looked back. The Rangers managed to pull to within eight points a few times through the remainder of the game, but just couldn’t quite close the gap.

    When reached for comment on Sunday’s game, Rangers head coach Jason Sandifer had this to say, “[We] kept fighting until the end but we were plagued by turnovers.” The Rangers indeed had a hard time controlling the ball, ending with a hard-to-swallow 25 turnovers (nearly double that of the Fury) which puts them at a 25.3 average over the first three games of the season. Combine that with the fact that the Fury were extremely accurate at 62.5% shooting, and won the rebound battle and it was just what the Fury needed to come away with the win.

    In the end, the Fury had some excellent play again this week from Johnathon Mills (F) which earned him ‘Player of the Game’. He managed to pull down 22 rebounds, and racked up 23 points. The Fury also had a huge scoring assault from Andre Muse (G), who walked away with 26 points off the bench. Meanwhile, Travell Amicks (G), ended up being a real asset to the Fury by snagging six valuable steals.

    Minnesota once again saw some solid play from Roc Rogers (F) who racked up 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists. In the second half, Tim Lott (F) really began to shine ending with 23 points and 13 rebounds. The Rangers also did a good job this week on capitalizing at the foul line. After averaging 59.2% from the line in the first two games, they managed a greatly improved 88.2% on Sunday.

    The Rangers will finish their three game road stretch this coming Saturday back in Chicago where they will take on the Clovers. The Fury, on the other hand, are headed to Minnesota to take on the Broncos.

    May 11, 2016

    Preview: Rangers vs. Fury

    By Jake Moening

    This Sunday, May 15th, the Minnesota Rangers are on the road again, this time headed to Illinois to take on the Chicago Fury. The Fury and the Rangers are the only two MBL teams remaining in the western conference that are undefeated, so this promises to be an exciting game as each team battles for the right to that 3 - 0 record. The Fury should have some advantage playing at home in the Red Shield Center for the second time this season. However, both teams did have a week off leading up to this game and should be well rested and ready to go. This will be the first of a three game season series between the Fury and the Rangers.

    A key element for the Rangers to win this week will be to avoid the turnovers that plagued them in games one and two so that they can keep things in control. On the other hand, the Fury have a great chance if they can continue to shoot well and get Taylor to the line early and often.

    Marvin Lee
    In memory of Marvin Lee 1986-2016

    This week’s matchup will also include a special memorial. The game will be preceded by a moment of silence for former Fury teammate, Marvin Lee. Lee was killed during an offseason incident in early April of this year and is one of two players the MBL has lost already in this young season.

    Players to watch:

  • John Taylor (G) was the week three MBL West player of the week and has been an offensive powerhouse for the Fury. He has made his presence known all over the court and has been doing a solid job of getting to the line and capitalizing on his free throws (21 of 23 in his past two games). His numbers have been consistent so far so we should expect nothing less in this game.
  • Roc Rogers (F) went to work for the Rangers against the Storm putting up 29 points, 12 rebounds and 4 dimes in week 4. The Rangers will need that same level of performance this week to keep pace with the Fury who are averaging roughly 110 points per game.
  • Week four MBL West player of the week Jonathon Mills (F) of the Fury and the Rangers' Dominique Dawson (C) will be facing off in a battle for rebound dominance this week after Mills picked up 25 against the CourtKings and Dawson had 20 against the Storm. Expect things to get physical down low as these bigs look to take control.
  • Numbers:

  • 3 - Number of remaining undefeated teams in the MBL going into this game.
  • 800 - Miles the visiting Rangers will be traveling to and from the game this week
  • 89.8 / 59.2 - Free throw percentages for the Fury and Rangers respectively this season.
  • 14 / 51 - Number of turnovers total for the Fury and Rangers respectively this season.
  • Injuries / Absences:

    The Rangers report no injuries. Dylan Hale will be absent for personal reasons. For the Fury, Chris Lockheart is out (broken wrist out 6 weeks)

    May 01, 2016

    Summary: Rangers vs. Storm

    By Jake Moening

    Saturday afternoon the Minnesota Rangers were on the road in Milwaukee looking to get a win in their first game against the Wisconsin Storm. The Storm had a dominant first half that left the Rangers with a six point deficit going into halftime (58 - 64), but the Rangers came back with a storm of their own outscoring Wisconsin 60 - 45 after the half to put away the victory with a final score of 118 - 109.

    For the Storm, Chris McHenry (G) did damage from beyond the arc as expected shooting 5 of 8 for 62.5% and he wasn’t alone as the Storm went 15 of 29 (51.7%) on threes. Darvell Brown (G) also stepped up for the Storm racking up 33 points.

    For the Rangers, Dominique Dawson (C) was a force to be reckoned with, on the glass he pulled down 20 rebounds (only 2 less than the entire Wisconsin squad) and put 25 points on the board as well. No less impressive was Rochester Rogers (F), also with a double-double, put up 29 points and 12 rebounds. The Rangers also showed massive improvement from the free throw line compared to last week going from 48.7% to 70.3% as a team.

    This game takes the Rangers to an undefeated 2 - 0 record to start their inaugural season. They should be feeling good going into their training over the next two weeks as they prepare to take on the undefeated Fury May 15th out in Chicago in an attempt to make it three straight.

    The Storm, however, fall to 0 - 2 and will head to Chicago to try their luck on the road against the Clovers on the 15th.

    April 26, 2016

    Preview: Rangers vs. Storm

    By Jake Moening

    The Rangers are on the road this weekend headed to Milwaukee to take on the Wisconsin Storm Saturday April 30th. After a dominant showing at home during week one the Rangers are looking to make it two straight as they begin a three game stretch on the road. The Storm, on the other hand, fell to the Chicago Fury last week (106-89) and will be looking to make up ground and get their first win of the season. This will be the first of a three game season series with the Storm.

    Players to watch:

  • Kenny Bass (G) really lit things up for the Rangers coming in just shy of a triple double (17 points / 10 assists / 8 steals) shooting 70% from the field and will likely be another huge weapon on offense this week.
  • Chris McHenry (G) of the Storm wasn’t shy last week with the triples shooting 4 of 9 for 44.4%. If the trend continues he will be a real threat on the perimeter.
  • Against the Broncos, 6th man Damien Lolar (F) was unstoppable shooting 100% (7 of 7 plus 2 of 2 beyond the arc) to end the game with 21 points . Look to see him help lift the Rangers again this week.
  • Numbers:

  • 33 and 17 - The number of points by which the Rangers won and Storm lost their home openers respectively.
  • 1st - This is the 1st road game in Rangers history.
  • 48.7 - Rangers left a lot of points out there against the broncos shooting a rough 48.7% from the charity stripe last game and will hope to improve this week.
  • Injuries / AbsencesRangers report no injuries. Roc Rogers (F) and Tim Lott (F) will be for personal reasons. The Storm was unavailable to report at

    April 23, 2016

    Summary: Rangers vs. Broncos

    By Jake Moening

    The Minnesota Rangers came out with a big win for their league and season debut this past Saturday over the another new MBL squad the Minnesota Broncos.

    With a standing-room only crowd at the Oxford Community Center the two western conference contenders were set to kick off their seasons with a bang. What started as a close game, in the end, found the Rangers running away with it 115 - 82.

    It was a sweet victory for the Rangers who take to the road now for the next three games starting with the Wisconsin Storm.

    April 18, 2016

    Preview: Rangers vs. Broncos

    By Jake Moening

    With questions about the roster settled and a few months of hard work in the bag during the offseason, the Minnesota Rangers are ready to take to the court this Saturday the 23rd for their inaugural season. They will square off against another team new to the Midwest Basketball League (MBL), the Minnesota Broncos. These two teams have met in their various stages of construction during the offseason, and have a unique bit of shared history. Many of the players from the Broncos and the Ranger have played together outside the league due to their close proximity. This extra familiarity between the teams should lend some added intensity and excitement to the opening matchup.

    Both teams will be looking to make a good impression by kicking off the season with a win to help jumpstart their respective fanbases. The Rangers will be taking their show on the road for three games following the opener against the broncos and the upcoming games in Wisconsin and Illinois would benefit from the confidence boost of an early win on their home court.

    Players to Watch: Dominique Dawson may be the difference maker in this matchup as his size will be a formidable obstacle to the smaller Broncos squad. He is also one of the newer members of the Rangers squad so watching how he gels with the team will be a good example of head coach Jason Sandifer's ability to quickly bring his newer players into the mix and make them productive.

    In reality, all the players will be using this first game to really showcase their skills in an attempt to earn their places on these young squads. You can expect that the starting lineups will shift somewhat early on in the season as new breakout stars emerge in the bright lights of the regular season.

    Injuries: Rangers are looking fresh going into game one and they have been working regularly with the team's trainer (Jill Fisher) to make sure they are in top condition going into game one.

    Tickets go on sale at the door cash only $10 for ages 13+; $5 for kids 5-12 years old; kids under 4 are free. for more details be sure to check out the official event listing on Facebook.

    April 14, 2016

    Home Opener Just Days Away

    By Jake Moening

    The Rangers prepare to take on local rivals the Minnesota Broncos in the 2016 season opener at Oxford Community Center. This will be the first of a three game season series between the two Minnesota teams and will be important as the Rangers begin a long stretch of road games before they return to Oxford Community Center on the 28th of May to take on the Cedar Valley Court Kings.

    Tickets go on sale at the door cash only $10 for ages 13+; $5 for kids 5-12 years old; kids under 4 are free. for more details be sure to check out the official event listing on Facebook.

    January 9, 2016

    Rangers Name New Owner

    By Jake Moening

    The Rangers welcomed Latisha Moening as the newest member of the ownership group today. Moening has been with the team and on the board since July in the role of Community Relations Director and decided to take on a larger role in the organization after spending the past few months helping out with more of the day to day work within the organization.

    November 7, 2015

    Rangers Roster Takes Shape After Tryouts

    By Jake Moening

    Team tryouts are complete and the Minnesota Rangers roster now features 15 players who hope to be part of opening day of the 2016 Midwest Basketball League season. The inaugural season of the MBL is scheduled to begin in April of 2016. Tryouts were held on October 3 at the Jimmy Lee Rec Center in St. Paul.

    September 20, 2015

    Minnesota Rangers Top Broncos in Exhibition

    By Jake Moening

    In a hard fought battle between the two teams the rangers came out on top with a final score of 93 to 92.