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Rangers’ coach says team moving in right direction

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Mora boys’ basketball coach James Branch says his Rangers are among the most dangerous teams in Class 2A as the season nears its conclusion.

“I think we are back in full force,” he said. “We have suffered numerous injuries the past three weeks, but our game against Peñasco this weekend was a good indication that we are still in the thick of things.”

The Rangers downed the Panthers 78-58 on Saturday, getting big efforts from Lorenzo Chavez (29 points), Cody Najar (23 points, 11 rebounds) and Jeremiah Olivas (10 points, eight boards).

Mora was to host Santa Fe Prep on Tuesday after this issue had gone to press. With a strong record of 14-8 overall and 2-2 in district play, the Rangers are making a case for themselves.

“I am pleased with the way my team has handled the adversity and continues to play hard and do the things they are asked to do to improve our team and overall standing at the end of the season,” Branch added.

“We beat Peñasco and played Pecos a good game last week and have steadily been cutting into their margin of victory. And I know we haven’t played our best game yet.”