The Garden City Community College men’s basketball team picked up a tough road win in a 64-56 defensive slugfest at Independence Saturday evening.
While the Broncbusters recorded another stellar shooting performance (22 of 42, 52.4 percent), they turned it over 19 times, their most in a win this season. However, the Busters’ defense did its part, turning the Pirates over 17 times and holding them to a subpar 34.5 percent shooting from the field (19 of 55), including 5 of 18 from beyond the three-point arc.
The win improved the Busters to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in the KJCCC, tied with three other teams for fifth. Independence fell to 5-3 and 2-3.
Pierre Johnson led with 13 points for the Busters, nine of which came from the free-throw line. He went 2 for 7 from the field, and also had a game-high six assists. Jamir Thomas had eight points and nine rebounds, falling just short of another double double for the post.
The Busters also got 11 points from both of Kendale Hampton and Elvis Harvey, while Theo Holloway chipped in 10 and Russhard Cruickshank had nine. Harvey also had 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.
The Busters out-rebounded Independence 45-26.
The Pirates were led by DeAnthony McCallum’s 16 points, but he was the only Indy player in double digits.
The Busters remain on the road for Wednesday’s 8 p.m. contest at Dodge City.