Buster basketball teams produce mixed results in season openers
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
Despite a poor shooting performance, the Garden City Community College men's basketball team opened their regular season with a 51-48 win over Sunrise Christian Prep at Colby Community College.
"It was a good win," said head coach Brady Trenkle in a phone interview after the game. "When you can't hit a shot, can't hit a free throw, but your defense steps up, it was a positive way to start the season."
Trenkle noted that 13 players saw minutes on the floor for the Busters, and 10 had double-digit minutes.
"We wanted it that way because we knew the rules were changing," Trenkle said about the new emphasis on hand-check fouls this season.
Sure enough, 57 fouls were called between the two teams in the 40-minute game.
"I thought the officials were really, really good tonight," the first-year coach said. "They were fair on both ends and our guys handled it well."
His Busters also handled a pair of Div. I-bound athletes for Sunrise Christian — Marvin Clark, who has offers from Oregon and Missouri State, according to 247Sports.com, and Rauno Nurger, an Ole Miss commit.
"I'm glad we played a really good team early," Trenkle said of the prep academy known for churning out Div. I prospects. "We were behind for most of the game and it did nothing but get us better."
Jade Cathey led the Busters in scoring with 11, followed by D'Shon Taylor and Jeremy Wilson with nine each, and Jalen Variste, who had seven. Wilson also grabbed a team-high seven boards.
The Busters are back in Colby for a contest against Lamar at 5:30 today.
A poor second half sunk the Lady Busters in their season opener against Murray (Okla.) State College in Liberal at the Seward County Pepsi Classic Friday. After going into halftime only down five, 29-24, the Lady Busters were outscored 42-19 to fall 71-43.
"We felt pretty good up until halftime," said head coach Nick Salazar. "We were getting whatever shot we wanted and I believed we would settle down and start hitting our shots."
Unfortunatly for the Lady Busters, they didn't.
Garden City was a lousy 6 of 31 in the first half, and fell to 6-of-36 shooting in the second half. They also went 0 for 12 from behind the arc and shot .500 from the charity stripe (19 of 38).
It was the Lady Aggies' zone in the second half that threw the Lady Busters off, even though Salazar expected the move.
"It did (hurt us), but it shouldn't," the first-year coach said. "Them going zone was something we anticipated."
The starters were affected the most, he said, as they went a combined 6 of 28 from the field, which is something not many teams could overcome.
Starting posts Sandra Davis and Zantaya Davis-Jackson did some damage, leading the Lady Busters with nine points apiece. Davis was 2 of 8 from the field and Davis-Jackson was 2 of 10. Davis also had seven boards to lead the team, and added two steals.
The Lady Busters will have that chance to perform better at 2 p.m. today in Liberal, when they take on Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, who fell to host Seward County, 75-72, Friday night in Liberal.