Busters falter late, lose 8th straight
Busters falter late, lose 8th straight
By ADAM HOLT
When a pair of sub-.500 teams met at the Perryman Athletic Complex on Monday, bringing matching 2-9 KJCCC records into the game, the good news was that someone had to win.
It was the Garden City Community College men who couldn't finish, though, as they dropped their eighth straight in a 64-57 loss to Colby.
"I think it was a winnable game," GCCC head coach Rand Chappell said. "But you don't win it without making plays at the end, and you don't win it without guarding all night long."
The game was almost a mirror image of the previous matchup in Colby, where the Broncbusters won the game on the strength of free throws down the stretch. This time, though, Colby went 12-of-14 at the line in the final 4 minutes, 16 seconds, while Garden City (10-16, 2-10) was 1-of-3 in that span.
"We just didn't get to the foul line, and they did," Chappell said. "You flip it at Colby, it was the exact same game, and we got to the foul line down the stretch and won the game. They made plays and we didn't."
And it didn't hurt that Colby shot 51.3 percent from the field for the game, as they won their third straight to improve to 12-14 and 3-9 in KJCCC play.
Garden City had a 53-52 lead with under 4 minutes to play, but Trojan free throws and a layup by Cody Sluder as the shot clock expired gave Colby a 59-53 advantage with 1:12 left. Chris Hall answered with a contested 3-pointer with 56.4 left to make it 59-56, but Garden City fouled on the rest of Colby's possessions down the stretch.
The Busters themselves shot 35.6 percent for the game, and had trouble getting layups and other shots close to the bucket to fall. Arkeem Joseph, who had some success in the post late in Saturday's loss to Barton, went 4-of-11 from the field, despite getting some easy looks.
"We got Arkeem a lot of playing time tonight," Chappell said. "He gave us a mini-lift a time or two. But you look down, and he was 4-of-11, and probably all of them were within 2 or 3 feet. I think others had opportunities down there to get it in the basket."
"You could put it on that," freshman Reuben King said. "But most of all, we gotta buckle down on defense and get some stops at the end of the game. That's the biggest problem, we gotta get some stops."
Sophomore Joe Ebondo, who suffered a high ankle sprain in a loss at Butler nine days earlier, played just 13 minutes, and freshman forward Jade Cathey was limited due to foul trouble, making Garden City weak on the inside. Colby exploited some mismatches inside, and at times, GCCC was just a little slow in adjusting.
Jeremiah Ingram and Kris Rolle exploited those matchups, en route to 18 and 12 points, respectively. Terry Starks had 11 and John Clarke added 10 for the Trojans.
"Just a half-step slow on a couple of helps a couple of times," Chappell said. "We collapsed on the post, and they called us for reaching in a couple of times, and we tried to knock the ball loose. I guess you've gotta be in a half-step better position, and a little more sound."
Six of the seven Trojans to attempt a field goal shot at least 42 percent individually, and although the Busters had 20 more attempts (59-39), Colby was more efficient.
That shooting made up for the Trojans losing the turnover battle 15-4, an advantage the Busters couldn't capitalize on. Garden City had an eight-point lead midway through the first half, but poor shooting kept it from stretching that out.
King led the Busters with 17 points, while Hall added 13 and Cathey had 11.
GCCC heads to Pratt (13-12, 3-8 KJCCC) to try to snap a losing streak that began against the Beavers almost a month ago.
"We're trying to think positive, because once you get negative, everything goes bad, even worse," King said.
Colby (64) — Starks 3-5 4-4 11, Sluder 2-3 4-5 9, Clarke 3-7 2-2 10, Ingram 7-12 4-4 18, Rolle 3-7 6-10 12, Williams 1-2 0-1 2, Kracum 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 20-39 20-26, 64.
Garden City (57) — Ebondo 0-1 0-0 0, Agholor 0-5 0-0 0, King 5-14 5-6 17, Webb 2-9 0-0 5, Cathey 4-8 3-6 11, Jones 1-2 1-3 3, Hall 5-9 0-0 13, Joseph 4-11 0-0 8. Totals 21-59 9-15 57.
Halftime--Garden City 29-26. 3-point goals--Colby 4-12 (Clarke 2-4, Sluder 1-2, Starks 1-2, Williams 0-1, Krakum 0-1), Garden City 6-20 (Hall 3-5, King 2-8, Webb 1-6, Cathey 0-1). Fouled out--Cathey. Rebounds--Colby 34 (Sluder 10), Garden City 25 (Joseph 6). Assists--Colby 7 (Starks 4), Garden City 13 (Agholor 5). Turnovers--Colby 15, Garden City 4. Total fouls--Colby 15, Garden City 19.