Pair of 6s in cards for Busters in preseason coaches' poll
Rnk Team 2012-13 Record
1 Hutchinson 13-3, 31-4
2 Seward County 14-2, 25-8
3 Barton County 12-4, 25-8
4 Cloud County 5-11, 15-17
5 Dodge City 6-10, 14-17
6 Garden City 3-13, 12-19
7 Pratt 5-11, 15-16
8 Colby 3-13, 12-19
Rnk Team 2012-13 Record
1 Hutchinson 15-1, 36-2
2 Seward County 10-6, 20-11
3 Cloud County 10-6, 21-11
4 Barton 3-13, 13-17
5 Pratt 5-11, 16-15
6 Garden City 13-3, 29-4
7 Colby 1-15, 7-24
8 Dodge City 3-13, 9-22
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
Outside expectations are low for both Garden City Community College basketball teams with new coaching staffs and high turnover on the rosters. The 2013-14 basketball coaches' poll was released on Monday at the Jayhawk Conference Media Day in Wichita, and both the Busters and Lady Busters were picked to finish in sixth out of the eight Western D-I teams.
It wasn't a surprise to either head men's coach Brady Trenkle or women's coach Nick Salazar, who are both entering their first season at the helm of their respective programs.
"It's been an arduous task," Salazar said about starting fresh with the Lady Busters. "There's just a lot of new stuff. We lost nine players from last year, so it's not a surprise where we were picked."
The men's team returns only two players from last season, leaving both programs with coaches and players trying to become accustomed to one another. That's what both Trenkle and Salazar said during their respective turns at the microphone on Monday.
"I feel like we have a big, strong, athletic team that plays hard and that will compete night in and night out," Trenkle said. "Our kids are giving us everything they've got, and that's all you can ask for."
While the Garden City teams were both selected to finish sixth, Hutchinson picked up two first-place selections for their men and women, which were both followed by Seward County in second.
On the men's side, Cloud County was picked third, followed by Barton, Pratt, Garden City, Colby and Dodge City. For the women, Barton was third, Cloud took fourth, Dodge City placed fifth, Garden sixth, Pratt finished seventh and Colby brought in the rear.
There was also one big rule change on both men's and women's side for this season.
Prior to this season, women's college basketball did not have a 10-second backcourt rule. However, that will be implemented this year. On both sides, the 10-second clock will be monitored on the shot clock, as opposed to hand counted by a referee, as was the case previously for the men.
Salazar said adopting the 10-second rule could be a big change for the women, referencing that full-court defense should be more effective than ever, and also noting that the Lady Busters will be trying to pressure the ball this season.
Meanwhile, Trenkle had his reservations about the switch to have officials watch the shot clock in order to monitor the 10 seconds. He said that in some gyms, the clock may start before it's supposed to — beginning when the ball is given to the player to inbound instead of when the ball is actually brought in — leaving the offense with six or seven seconds to get the ball to the front court.
In addition, as a point of emphasis, not a rule change, referees have been instructed to call hand-checking by the defense stricter than in previous years, to allow more of an advantage to the offense.
The men open their season on the road at Panhandle State on Oct. 29. Though, they do have a home scrimmage against Johnson County on Oct. 25.
The women open on Nov. 1, also on the road, against Murray State for the Seward County Pepsi Classic in Liberal. They will also host a scrimmage on Oct. 19.