By BRETT MARSHALL
DODGE CITY — It certainly doesn't seem like there's been much success in recent seasons for the Garden City Buffaloes when they face rival Dodge City in boys basketball action.
Two more losses in the 2012-13 season to the Red Demons, and coach Jacy Holloway couldn't be blamed for feeling like he's watching a broken record being smashed.
Tuesday night, much like the mid-December 15-point Dodge City win in Garden City, the Red Demons did nearly the same number on the Buffs, this time dismantling the GCHS defense with a 57-42 victory.
This coming from a Dodge City team that has struggled at times during the current season, and now possesses a 10-7 season record, but more importantly a 4-1 record in the Western Athletic Conference, good for sole possession of first place.
The Buffs, meanwhile, slip to 12-6 overall and 3-3 in the WAC.
Holloway, when looking at the final stats sheet just outside the Buffs' locker room, could only nod his head and say, "the stats don't lie."
He was referring to the blistering 69.7 percent field goal shooting by the Demons, which exceeded their 51-percent effort in that December victory.
"They had guys who hit baskets that sometimes don't and then they got easy baskets," Holloway said. "We have to find ways to score the ball or we're going to struggle.
"It's pretty clear looking at the sheet — they shoot 69 percent and we shoot 37 percent. It boils down to that. But we gave up way too many easy baskets. Dodge does a good job of finding the open guy, much better than we're doing."
Holloway bemoaned the fact that his team was just 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from behind the arc, while the Demons took just seven 3-pointers, making three of them.
From the start, the Buffs struggled. Dodge City jumped out to an 8-1 lead at the beginning and built it to 14-6 after eight minutes.
Dodge would own as much as a 12-point advantage, 19-7, before Garden closed out the second quarter on a 9-2 run, slicing the deficit to 21-15 at intermission.
While the Demons could never quite put the Buffs away, the visitors couldn't get closer than seven points in the third quarter, and Dodge went to the final break with a 41-30 lead.
"I thought we played hard, for the most part," Holloway said. "But we're still not understanding the game. We're not playing smart, and that's mostly on the defensive side of things."
The Buffs hung around until the 2-minute mark of the fourth, seeing a 48-40 deficit grow to the final 15-points as Dodge closed out the game on a 9-2 run. It was, as the saying goes, like a broken record. The Demons had done the same thing to the Buffs back in December when they owned a 17-7 fourth-quarter advantage.
"There's nothing much else I can say about the game," Holloway said. "We each shoot 11 free throws, we each have 15 turnovers, we each have eight steals, and we win the rebounding battle (25-15). It's all about the shooting."
Holloway said the Buffs will have nothing to do but regroup once again as they have from earlier losses in the season.
"We've faced this six times now, so the kids know what they need to do," Holloway said. "We've got to get ourselves ready for Hays."
Hunter Delgado and Austin Terpstra shared high-point honors for the Buffs with 10 points each. Matt Goedeken took game-high honors for the Demons with 17 points, hitting 7-of-8 field goals. Jace Larson and Austin Weiser contributed 10 points apiece.
The Indians arrive in town on Friday for a return contest after Hays belted the Buffs 74-54 in January.
Garden City 6 9 15 12 -- 42
Dodge City 14 7 20 16 -- 57
Garden City (42) — Delgado 4-12 0-0 10, Riggs 0-1 0-0 0, Hernandez 0-2 0-0 0, Nanninga 3-4 0-0 7, Banner 2-9 0-0 4, Keller 0-0 2-2 2, Terpstra 3-7 4-5 10, Parr 1-3 0-0 2, Tramp 3-5 1-4 7. Totals 16-43 7-11 42.
Dodge City (57) — Taylor 2-3 0-0 5, Norton 1-1 0-0 2, Gross 2-6 0-0 5, Weiser 3-4 4-4 10, Middleton 0-0 1-2 1, Doan 2-3 0-0 5, Newton 1-1 0-0 2, Larson 5-7 0-1 10, Goedeken 7-8 3-4 17. Totals 23-33 8-11 57.
3-point goals--Garden City 3-17 (Delgado 2-8, Riggs 0-1, Hernandez 0-2, Nanninga 1-1, Banner 0-4, Terpstra 0-1), Dodge City 3-7 (Taylor 1-1, Gross 1-3, Weiser 0-1, Doan 1-1, Goedeken 0-1). Rebounds--Garden City 25 (Tramp 5), Dodge City 15 (Gross 5). Turnovers--Garden City 15, Dodge City 15. Fouls--Garden City 15, Dodge City 11. Fouled out--none.