Bricked: Awful shooting sinks Buffs

1/8/2014

By BRETT MARSHALL

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

DODGE CITY — When Garden City and Dodge City boys basketball teams face-off against each other, there is one certainty — there won't be many points scored.

Usually, it takes about 40 points to win a game, sometimes a little more.

But Tuesday night's first Western Athletic Conference game for both teams might have set a standard for futility.

Call it a long layoff — 24 days will create a lot of rust.

Call it the cold weather — sub-zero temperatures in recent days might have left a chill in the hands of the shooters.

But however Tuesday's game here at the Dodge City gym is viewed, it certainly was not offensive, at least in the vein of points scored.

That's what a 35-26 Dodge City clunker of a win will do for you.

And that will be how coach Jacy Holloway will try to go back to the drawing board with his Buffs following a dismal night of shooting.

Despite giving up only eight points in the first half, and a total of 22 by the end of the third quarter, the Buffs' frigid shooting caused all sorts of problems for them.

Twenty-five percent shooting (8 of 32) and a dismal 7-of-16 free throw performance will contribute to the kind of tough loss that resulted Tuesday night.

The Demons weren't much better.

All they did was hit 15 of 48 for 31 percent, and were just 4 of 9 at the free throw line.

Oh yes, then there was the 3-point shooting. Yuck.

Garden was colder than the North Pole (3 of 15), while Dodge City battled the Antarctic frozen tundra to the tune of 1 of 13.

It was tied at 4 after one quarter, and the Buffs were up 9-8 at intermission. Yep. Three field goals to a touchdown and a two-point conversion by the Demons. Oh, that's right. Not football.

Things improved slightly — ever so — in the second half. But it was mainly from the Demons as they 'poured' in 27 points to 17 for the Buffs.

Once the Demons spread the floor and then dominated the offensive rebounding (13 for the Demons), the game suddenly got out of hand. The Demons' biggest lead was 35-24 with less than a minute to go.

Nobody scored in double figures for the Buffs, with Tristan Nanninga leading the way with only eight points. Sophomore Noah Williams came up big for Dodge, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Holloway said the team's performance reflected what he had seen during the practices over the holiday break.

"I thought we did have a good defensive effort in the first half; but offensively, when you get point-blank shots, you've got to knock them down, especially against Dodge," Holloway said. "I had emphasized to them over the break that the way you practice leads to game-time habits. Tonight, reflected that perfectly."

It will be back to the drawing board for the next three days as the Buffs prepare to host Great Bend at 7:45 p.m. on Friday at The Garden. They are now 4-3 overall and 0-1 in the WAC. Dodge City improves to 2-3 and 1-0.

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Garden City 4 5 6 11 -- 26

Dodge City 4 4 14 13 -- 35

Garden City (26) — 1-6 1-6 3, Delgado 0-6 2-2 2, Olivas 1-1 0-0 3, Koster 1-4 0-1 3, Hernandez 1-6 2-3 5, Nanninga 3-7 2-4 8, Rodriguez 1-1 0-0 2, Parr 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 8-32 7-16 26.

Dodge City (35) — Sands 1-2 0-0 2, Reid 0-3 0-1 0, McGroaty 0-1 0-0 0, Unruh 1-1 0-0 2, Weiser 2-9 0-0 5, Oldham 0-6 2-2 2, Walters 2-6 2-4 6, Larson 4-13 0-1 8, Williams 5-6 0-1 10. Totals 15-48 4-9 35.

3-point goals--Garden City 3-15 (Delgado 0-4, Olivas 1-1, Koster 1-4, Hernandez 1-4, Nanninga 0-2), Dodge City 1-13 (Reid 0-2, McGroaty 0-1, Weiser 1-4, Oldham 0-3, Walters 0-2, Larson 0-1). Rebounds--Garden City 30 (Rodriguez 6), Dodge City 37 (Williams 10). Turnovers--Garden City 15, Dodge City 9). Fouls--Garden City 16, Dodge City 14. Fouled out--none.

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