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!