Despite going 1-2 to begin KJCCC play, the Garden City Community College men’s basketball team is proving itself one of the best offensive squads in the conference.
Through three games, the Busters are scoring 1.02 points per possession, good enough for sixth in the Jayhawk Conference.
In comparison, the Busters are eighth in points per game at 85.6. Points per possession (ppp), however, is a more accurate measure of an offense’s efficiency, because it takes out the pace of play.
Pratt plays at a breakneck pace, racking up 278 possessions through three games, and that’s resulted in a conference-leading 104.6 points per game. But the Beavers are 0-3 in conference play. That’s thanks, in part, to scoring 1.04 ppp, just fourth in the conference, and the fact that the Beavers’ defense is allowing 1.08 ppp.
If the Beavers are getting nearly 90 possessions per game, so are their opponents — and the opponents are scoring at a slightly more efficient rate, resulting in three single-digit losses for Pratt.
The Busters, meanwhile, are scoring 1.02 ppp and allowing just 0.97 points per their opponent’s possession. That margin would usually lend itself to a winning record, but the conference-opening blowout of Butler skews the margin some, and then the Busters lost two games where a single possession could have altered the result — or even just a free throw, as was the case in the Busters’ 85-81 overtime loss to Cowley Saturday.
Such is sport.
The Busters will have a chance to right the ship on Tuesday against what seems to be an overmatched Allen County squad the is scoring at the third-worst rate of 0.90 ppp in conference play. Only Cloud County’s 0.77 and Seward County’s 0.85 ppp are worse. Meanwhile, the Red Devils (2-5, 0-3) are allowing an unsightly 1.07 ppp, meaning the Busters likely are in for an explosive offensive night.
That game is set for 8 p.m. Tuesday.
While the men’s offense has been rolling early, the Buster women have had trouble find their rhythm on that end of the floor. They are scoring just 0.81 points per possession, which would put the Busters (3-3, 1-2) in the bottom third of offensive efficiency through three conference games.
However, their best offensive game of the early conference season came at home, where the Busters dominated Barton, 71-51, last Wednesday.
Perhaps the friendly confines of Conestoga Arena on Tuesday will give the Busters another offensive boost that will propel them to even their conference record. They host Allen County (3-4, 1-2) at 6 p.m. Tuesday.