Busters rebound in Wyoming
Busters rebound in Wyoming
By ADAM HOLT
After a tough loss Friday night in the Golden Eagle Classic, the Garden City Community College men's basketball team left Cheyenne, Wyo. in a better mood, beating Eastern Wyoming 59-57 on Saturday.
"I was proud of our guys for their bounce-back from Friday night," GCCC head coach Rand Chappell said. "We challenged them to play harder, and we challenged them to try to stay in the system better, and I think we did both those things to give ourselves a chance to beat a pretty good team."
A missed layup by the Lancers in traffic at the buzzer allowed the Broncbusters to escape with the win, in a game that finished franticly.
GCCC's Reuben King hit a 3-pointer with about a minute and a half to play to put the Busters up by four points. The Lancers cut it back to one, but Frank Agholor was fouled with 12 seconds left and made one of two free throws to make it 59-57. The ball went out of bounds on Eastern Wyoming's possession, and was initially ruled to be Garden City's ball. The call was reversed by another ref, saying the ball went off a Buster, giving the Lancers an inbounds play with 4 seconds to play.
One cross-court pass and missed layup later, and Garden City moved to 5-2 this season.
After struggling on offense in two previous games, Chappell said the Busters looked better against the Lancers, shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from 3-point range. King had 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Agholor added 16 on a 6-of-8 day. Center Arkeem Joseph added 10 points, and Garden City was able to work the ball inside better than it had in its previous two losses.
"They did a good job. And Arkeem Joseph got 10 points for us on the inside," Chappell said. "I thought it gave us a little more balance than we necessarily had at the beginning."
Jamon Jackson-Wilson was the only Lancer to score 10 points, but nine Eastern Wyoming players scored, and seven had at least six points.
Garden City out-rebounded Eastern Wyoming 38-33, with King grabbing 12 rebounds and Joe Ebondo nabbing nine.
Eastern Wyoming fell to 4-2 this season, but came back after facing a 32-25 deficit at halftime.
Garden City hosts its Thanksgiving Classic this week, playing Highland on Friday and Trinidad State (Colo.) on Saturday. Both are 7:30 p.m. tip-offs at Perryman Athletic Complex.
And after a tight finish against the Lancers, finishing the weekend with a win makes that seven-hour ride home easier to digest.
"It's a long road trip, and we played two quality teams. I think to get out of there with a victory feels good, makes the bus ride better," Chappell said.
Garden City (5-2)--Agholor 6-8 4-6 16, King 7-11 0-0 18, Webb 1-2 0-0 3, Jones 2-2 0-0 4, C. Hall 2-9 0-0 4, K. Hall 1-4 0-0 2, Ebondo 1-8 0-0 2, Chandler 0-2 0-0 0, Joseph 5-11 0-0 10. Totals: 25-57 4-6 59.
Eastern Wyoming (4-2)--McClellan 1-1 0-0 2, Dick 3-5 0-0 8, Williams 2-12 4-6 8, Doss 3-11 0-0 6, Wilson 3-10 0-0 7, Jackson-Wilson 4-4 2-3 10, Spoonhunter 1-3 0-0 2, Blackburn 4-10 0-0 8, Norris 2-2 0-0 6. Totals: 23-58 6-9 57.
Halftime--Garden City 32-25. 3-point goals--GC:5-13 (King 4-5, Webb 1-1, C. Hall 0-5, K. Hall 0-1, Ebondo 0-1); EW: 5-18 (Dick 2-4, Williams 0-3, Doss 0-3, Wilson 1-5, Spoonhunter 0-1, Norris 2-2). Fouled out--none. Assists--GC 12 (Agholor 5); EW 16 (Williams, Spoonhunter 5). Rebounds--GC: 38 (King 12); EW: 33 (Williams, Wilson 6). Turnovers--GC12; EW: 10. Total fouls--GC: 13; EW: 12.