Busters fade in second half, fall 58-49, to Saints
By ADAM HOLT
No overtime or late-game shenanigans this time around at the Perryman Athletic Complex. Just a late fade after a strong first half for the Garden City Community College men's basketball team in a 58-49 loss to Seward County on Wednesday.
The Broncbusters struggled against an aggressive Saints defense, and shot just 25.9 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes of the game.
"You've got to credit their defense," GCCC head coach Rand Chappell said. "We have to have a little more discipline, a little more execution, screen a little harder. There's no doubt that we could do some things better, but the record shows they've shut down about four or five straight teams to nothing, and that's what they did to us in the second half."
Seward County (14-6, 5-1 Jayhawk West) entered the game holding its opponents to 47 points over the last three games, and a combined 47-of-156 (30.1 percent) from the field in that span.
Garden City (10-11, 2-5) trailed by just two at the half, 30-28, and went 11-of-17 from the field over the first 20 minutes of play. But the Busters started the second half 4-of-12, and finished 3-of-15, going 40.9 percent for the game.
The Saints collapsed down low well with 6-foot-8 Leslee Smith and 6-foot-10 Edson Avila when the Busters went to the post, and their guards did a good job throwing GCCC's ball movement out of rhythm.
In the first half, though, Garden City made some tough shots with the shot clock winding down, to stay in the game.
That toughness didn't translate to the second half.
"A lot of the baskets we got in the first half, we got late in the shot clock, right down at the end of the shot clock," Chappell said. "In the second half, we didn't — whether it was coaching, the planning on the coaching side, or the discipline on the players' side — we didn't get quite deep enough in the shot clock. We weren't patient enough to get those high-quality opportunities."
By the media timeout in the second half, Seward County was up, 46-38, and pushed it out to an 11-point lead with some free throws.
The Busters gave away points at the line, going 7-of-14 as a team. The normally solid Frank Agholor and Jade Cathey went a combined 3-of-10 on free throws.
""When that happens, you're just leaving too many points out there," Chappell said.
Four Saints reached double figure scoring, led by Jabari Peters' 13. Kaheem Ransom added 12, while Malcolm Hill-Bey had 11 and Avila finished with 10.
Chris Hall hit 3-of-9 3-pointers and led the Busters with 11 points. Cathey and Terry Webb had nine each, while Agholor chipped in seven.
While the Busters got some balanced scoring, with eight players getting on the score sheet, their inability to get good shots off late in the game made it tough against a Saints squad that got good inside play, and a mix of solid perimeter shooting and slashing ability from their guards.
"It seemed like we had fairly tough shots," Chappell said. "Whether they were perimeter shots, or off the dribble in traffic, or whatever. We just need to get better shots, get them in the basket."
The Busters travel to Dodge City for a 4 p.m. Sunday game against the Conquistadors at United Wireless Arena.
Seward County (58) — Smith 3-5 1-3 7, Hill-Bey 4-10 2-4 11, Ransom 4-14 3-3 12, Avila 3-7 4-6 10, Peters 4-7 2-2 13, Cobb 1-3 0-0 2, Purtue 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 20-47 12-18 58.
Garden City (49) — Ebondo 1-2 0-0 2, Agholor 3-6 0-2 7, King 2-7 0-0 5, Hall 4-16 0-0 11, Cathey 3-6 3-8 9, Webb 2-3 4-4 9, Chandler 1-1 0-0 2, Joseph 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 18-44 7-14 49.
Halftime — Seward County 30-28. 3-point goals — Seward County 6-16 (Peters 3-5, Ransom 1-6, Hill-Bey 1-3, Purtue 1-1, Cobb 0-1), Garden City 6-16 (Hall 3-9, Agholor 1-1, King 1-4, Webb 1-2). Fouled out — Garden City (Cathey). Rebounds — Seward County 29 (Smith 8), Garden City 28 (Cathey 10). Assists — Seward County 11 (Ransom 5), Garden City 8 (Agholor 4). Turnovers — Seward County 15, Garden City 15. Total fouls — Seward County 15, Garden City 18.