Busters get big road win

12/4/2013

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

Road wins are hard to come by in college basketball. They're even harder when the road team doesn't play its best.

So that's why Garden City Community College head men's basketball coach Brady Trenkle was so happy about winning 70-69 at Lamar (Colo.) Community College on Tuesday night, despite a poor shooting night.

"We didn't play especially well," the first year coach said in a telephone interview after the game, "but we never quit, and gave ourselves a chance to win, and have a little lady luck on our side."

The luck came into play late in the game when the Broncbusters trailed by one in the waning seconds. The Busters, according to Trenkle, had several chances at inbound plays under the Runnin' Lopes basket but could not convert — that is, until sophomore Jeremy Wilson drained the game-winning fadeaway jumper with two seconds to play.

"We missed a lot of shots that we normally don't miss, so it's nice to be able to get a win when you're not hitting those," Trenkle said, also adding, "It's a huge win. I think anytime you can get a sweep vs anybody, no matter who they are, it's good."

The Runnin' Lopes came into the game at 3-10 on the season, and had already lost to the Busters 89-75 at the Perryman Athletic Complex on Nov. 25, but Trenkle said they are a better team than the record indicates.

The Busters remain on the road as they travel to Liberal on Friday and Saturday for the Pizza Hut Classic on the campus of Seward County Community College. The Busters will face Kingdom Prep at 4 p.m. Friday, which Garden City beat 90-57 at home earlier this season and then take on Sunrise Christian, which also fell to the Busters 51-48 earlier this season, at the same time Saturday.

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Garden City (70)

Wilson 5-10 4-7 15, Whitaker 4-10 0-2 8, King 3-10 0-0 6, Variste 7-12 1-1 15, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Bell 0-6 1-2 1, Oyugi 1-3 0-0 2, Taylor 2-3 1-4 5, Craig 1-1 0-0 2, Cathey 6-11 1-3 13, Pierre 1-3 0-0 2, Banks 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 30-70 9-21 70.

Lamar (69)

Brown 2-8 5-6 9, Tutlam 5-10 2-2 16, Redd 1-4 4-4 6, Kendley 5-11 7-9 18, Anderson 4-8 2-2 10, Miller 0-3 2-2 2, Murray 2-2 2-3 6, Ortiz 1-2 1-2 3, Thompson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-49 25-30 69.

Halftime--Garden City 32-30. 3-point goals--Garden City 1-6 (Wilson 1-2, King 0-2, Johnson 0-1, Pierre 0-1); Lamar 5-12 (Tutlam 4-9, Kendley 1-3). Rebounds--Garden City 40 (Cathey 9); Lamar 39 (Brown 11). Assists--Garden City 5 (Wilson, King 2); Lamar 7 (Anderson 3). Fouled out--none. Total fouls--Garden City 23, Lamar 22.

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