Garden City's best offense is great defense


By Andres Rivas

By Andres Rivas

The Garden City Community College men's basketball team came, they saw, and they conquered. The Busters ran away with their home opener Friday night during the Pepsi Classic at the Perryman Athletic Complex against Kingdom Prep, 90-57. Outside of the opening minutes, the game was a one-sided affair.

"Defense, defense, defense did it," an exuberant head men's basketball coach Brady Trenkle said after the lopsided win. "I know we put up 90 points tonight, but I know if the score was 60-57 then I'd be just as happy as I am now."

It seemed to be a total team win as every player on the Busters scored except for point guard Jalen Variste, but Trenkle said that was due to "early foul trouble."

The Busters scored first with an early field goal by Talen Whitaker, but Kingdom Prep answered quickly with a steal by Nick Allen who took it to the house and tied the game early. Halfway through the first period it was the Busters holding onto a 12-point lead, 26-14. But from there on, it would be the Busters pulling.

With the aggressive play of Trenkle's men they ruled the boards, which led to a distinct advantage in the game. They led Kingdom Prep only 10-8 on the glass midway through the first period, but by half it was a 26-15 advantage with Garden City having as many defensive rebounds as Kingdom Prep had total rebounds.

One of the players who really crashed the board for the Busters was freshman Miles Banks, whom Trenkle praised after the game.

He's a "freshman that had a double double in our last game," Trenkle said.

Banks had 17 points and 10 rebounds in his last game for the Busters, and he was close to another double-double this time around, as he came up one point shy with nine points but was able to match his previous rebound total with 10.

Banks said that the credit for the game really goes to his team.

"I feel like we finally got it together, we had a rough start but we finally got it together, clicking as a team, and we got a lot of weapons. So whenever some of us don't got it flowing, everybody else can pick us up," the freshman center said.

Banks was looking forward to the next game and said that it "felt good" to be 3-0 on the season, but will "feel even better being 4-0 tomorrow."

Garden City faces off against North Platte — which beat Seward County 57-54 earlier on Friday — at 7:30 today, and Banks said he expects his team to win.


Kingdom 27 30 -- 57

GCCC 43 47 -- 90

KP--Brian Morton 11-15 2-7 15; Mike Warren 6-8 2-9 10; Damontre McFarland 2-2 4-8 10; Jamal Poplar 5-8 1-6 7; Nick Allen 0-0 3-7 8; Darnell Miskel 1-2 0-3 1; Quae Furlow 0-0 0-1 0; Alex Najieb 0-0 0-4 0; Unknown 1-2 2-11 6. Totals 26-36 14-56 57.

GCCC--Jade Cathey 0-1 1-7 2; Talan Whitaker 3-5 5-6 13; Denzel Walker 0-0 1-5 3; Reuben King 2-4 2-7 6; Jalen Variste 0-0 0-1 0; Jonathan Bell 1-2 2-4 5; Keegan Oyugi 5-5 1-1 7; Jeremy Wilson 1-2 5-13 12; June Johnson 6-8 1-3 9; D'Shon Taylor 3-4 4-7 11; Dionti Craig 0-0 1-3 3; Tidell Pierre 0-0 1-3 3; Miles Banks 1-4 4-7 9. Totals 26-40 30-68 90.

3-points goals--KP 3 (Allen 2, Unknown 1); GCCC 4 (Walker 1, Wilson 1, Johnson 1, Pierre 1).

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