Buffs grind out win in opener
By BRETT MARSHALL
By BRETT MARSHALL
HAYS — Well, it wasn't exactly what he had drawn up on the board, but Garden City Buffaloes' boys' basketball coach got at least what he wanted in the opening round of the Hays City Shootout here Thursday night.
In this case, the season opener provided the Buffs with a 65-54 victory over the TMP-Marian Monarchs, which advances them to today's 4:45 p.m. semifinal against WAC rival Great Bend, a 59-53 winner over Colby.
Head coach Jacy Holloway got just about what he had expected with a lineup that consisted of four players who were less than two weeks removed from football.
"Now we can put 1-0 in the book," Holloway said matter-of-factly afterward. "We have not won an opener in this tournament for quite some time, so that's the best news. I'd call it a case of perseverance in some ways."
Not until the early portion of the fourth quarter, however, did the Buffs take command of the game.
After trailing by two at the break, 30-28, the Buffs and Monarchs traded baskets for most of the third, and with 1:15 left, they were clinging to a 43-42 lead.
That's when the Buffs went on an 11-0 run to take a 54-42 advantage with 6:18 to play.
During that stretch, 6-5 junior Caleb Tramp, who spent much of the game on the bench saddled with foul trouble, scored five of his 11 points. Luis Rodriguez and Tristan Nanninga knocked in four free throws, and with five minutes to go in the game, the Buffs were on top 58-44.
The Monarchs would get no closer than nine the rest of the way, and that was something that pleased Holloway.
"We did a good job of finishing things out," Holloway said. "We've had problems with that in the past. We finally figured out to pressure them and get in the right position. We've got to get better and work on the basics and the fundamentals."
Holloway had to be pleased, too, with the balanced scoring attack as four Buffs finished in double figures. Hunter Delgado, who missed all of the football season with an injury, led the way with 13 points. Tristan Nanninga added 12, Tramp had his 11 and Mitchell Hernandez chipped in with 10.
"Caleb got into early foul trouble, and that didn't help things," Holloway said. "But, we've got to do a better job of getting him the ball."
Holloway said he had discussed how difficult some opening season games could be, and the Monarchs provided them with a tough-enough test.
"TMP gave our guys more than they thought they would," Holloway said. "They (TMP) play hard, they weren't scared and they're well-coached."
The Buffs finished the night hitting 52 percent of their shots from the field (25-of-49), but were just 12-of-21 from the charity stripe. They ended the night tied on the boards with the Monarchs, each getting 30. Emilio Parr paced the Buffs with seven boards. The Buffs turned the ball over 13 times, while forcing 18 turnovers by the Monarchs.
Even though the Buffs had just a one-point lead, 15-14, after the first quarter, they were shooting the ball well early, connecting on 7-of-13 from the field.
An opening 11-6 lead was nearly wiped out by an 8-4 TMP run to close out the first period in the final 2:20.
The Monarchs used a rebounding advantage and the absence of Tramp from the lineup due to two early fouls in the first to come back from a six-point deficit, tie the game and then take the lead into the locker room at halftime, 30-28. TMP had a 16-11 bulge on the boards at the break.
In earlier boys games, Newton defeated DeSoto 63-58, and Hays was taking on Riley County in the late game.
Box Score in Scoreboard, Page B2.
TMP-Marian 14 16 12 12 — 54
Garden City 15 13 19 18 — 65
Dreher 0-2 0-2 0, Schmidt 3-11 0-0 6, Megaffin 2-5 1-2 6, Ruder 0-1 0-0 0, Hoffman 1-1 0-0 2, Vitztum 2-3 4-4 9, Flax 0-0 0-1 0, Mayorga 4-5 1-1 9, Schippers 1-1 0-0 2, Fouts 7-10 4-6 18, Gottschalk 1-3 0-0 2, Schibi 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-42 10-16 54.
Garden City (65)
Tramp 5-9 1-3 11, Delgado 5-11 3-5 13, Olivas 1-3 0-0 2, Koster 3-8 0-2 7, Hernandez 4-8 0-0 10, Nanninga 4-6, 4-7 12, Rodriguez 1-1 2-2 4, Parr 2-2 2-2 6, Love 0-1 0-0 0, Gurrola 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-49 12-21 65.
3-point field goals--TMP: 2-7 (Schmidt 0-2, Megaffin 1-3, Ruder 0-1, Vitztum 1-1); Garden City: 3-9 (Delgado 0-2, Olivas 0-1, Koster 1-3, Hernandez 2-2, Nanninga 0-1). Rebounds--TMP: 30 (Fouts 6); Garden City: 30 (Parr 7).Turnovers--TMP: 18; Garden City: 13. Fouls--TMP 19, Garden City 18. Fouled out--Garden City (Tramp).