Jaleel Simmons poked the ball out and took off down the floor, getting to the ball in front of the On Point Academy defender and taking one dribble before jumping under the basket and slamming in the reverse dunk.
Seconds later, Simmons’ Garden City Community College teammate, Tony Hopkins, got an outlet pass off the rebound, and slammed in a one-handed dunk.
The pair of fan-pleasers were just a couple of the highlight-reel plays the Broncbusters made in Monday’s 99-51 rout of On Point (Texas) Academy at Conestoga Arena on Monday evening.
“We’re long, we’re athletic, we’re deep,” GCCC head coach Patrick Nee said of the Busters’ offense.
And if the dunks, alley oops and points in transition felt like it came easy for the Busters, that’s because it did.
“When you’ve got athletic guys the way we got here, it’s not really hard,” Simmons said. “You just throw it up and they go and get it. Guys here can jump out of the gym, so you just throw it up and they go and get it. That’s all it is.”
Simmons finished with 12 points on 6-of-11 from the field, and Hopkins had 6. But the Busters were led by Jakobi Pearson’s 18 off the bench on 5-of-6 shooting, and Jamir Thomas had 16.
The Busters had 11 dunks, and 20 assists, displaying some of the early-season chemistry they’ve already developed.
“At first it was really rough, but now we really got the hang of things, and now we’re all just clicking,” Simmons said.
About the only thing that went wrong for the Busters was sophomore guard RJ Pair went down with a knee injury trying to defend a 3-pointer. While it looked like it could be a severe injury, early indications are it was a hyperextension.
“That’s good,” Nee said. “It’s nothing structural or major. So hopefully he’ll miss just a couple of weeks and he’s back by Thanksgiving.”
Other than that, it was a Buster party.
The fireworks started early for the Busters, when a missed 3-pointer by On Point led to a runout by Garden City, and Simmons lobbed a pass up from the arc to the mountain that is Thomas, who flushed it one-handed for the early 4-2 lead.
After a couple of exchanged buckets, Simmons got the ball on the left wing on the weave, drove the right lane and laid it in for the Buster lead. It was the spark for an 18-0 run by the Busters, who never looked back in the blowout to improve to 2-0.
While the offense headlined the show, the Busters also showed improvement on the other end of the court.
“To hold somebody to 52 points, especially in an up tempo game like that, was good,” Nee said. “I thought the zone defense was really good. I thought we had them confused most of the game. Even during their adjustments and stuff like that, I feel like we got a lot better from Game 1 to Game 2.”
In Friday’s 98-78 win, the Busters allowed 0.92 points per possession. On Monday, they allowed just 0.64.
The Busters’ largest lead was 50, and On Point never got the deficit down to single digits from the early minutes of the game.