Broncbusters struggle on offense again in loss
By ADAM HOLT
Another quiet night on offense by the Garden City Community College men's basketball team led to a 75-57 loss to Laramie County (Wyo.) on Friday in the Golden Eagle Classic in Cheyenne, Wyo.
"I would say we played like a team, that it was their first true road game," GCCC head coach Rand Chappell said in a phone interview. "After a seven-hour bus ride, I didn't think that we executed very well. We probably didn't play with enough physicality and toughness against a good group of athletes."
The Broncbusters (4-2) struggled with the Golden Eagles' matchup zone defense, and shot just 33 percent from the field. Chappell said Laramie County (5-1) did a good job keeping the floor spread to take away the 3-point shot, while also handling things in the paint with 6-foot-9 Nigerian center Ude Ifeanyichukwu. Ifeanyichukwu had six points, seven rebounds and most notably, seven blocks.
"When we were able to get inside the defense and get to the basket, it seemed like he caused us a lot of problems, and he's a talented guy," Chappell said.
Down 31-18 at half, Chappell said the Busters looked disoriented at times, and didn't think Garden City got enough leadership from some of its experienced players.
"I think at times, we had guys that looked a little lost," he said. "And when you look a little lost, you have a tendency not to play as hard. I wouldn't call it — to me, there's playing 100 percent and there's playing 110. I think a lot of times, I think in our minds, we got a little frustrated and confused, and probably didn't play with the confidence and aggressiveness that we needed to."
Chris Hall led the Busters with 18 points, while Reuben King added 17.
Germain Decoste had 18 for the Golden Eagles, while Deshon Portley aded 17, and Laramie County shot 46 percent from the field.
Chappell said the Busters got outworked on the glass, and that the Golden Eagles may have gotten more points than they should have on putbacks and fastbreaks after blocked shots.
"At the end of the day, we just didn't have enough people getting enough done," Chappell said.
Garden City has to turn around and come back to play Eastern Wyoming today at 2 p.m.