Busters set sights on new styles in Classic

11/8/2012

Busters set sights on new styles in Classic

Busters set sights on new styles in Classic

By ADAM HOLT

aholt@gctelegram.com

If the non-conference season is about seeing a variety of styles of play, the Garden City Community College men's basketball team should be looking forward to this weekend, when it hosts its Pepsi Classic at the Perryman Athletic Complex.

The 3-0 Broncbusters should get a test in their first game, at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Kingdom Prep, an Iowa prep school which focuses on preparing basketball players to reach the NCAA level.

In a 97-65 win over Tabor College's JV on Tuesday, Garden City saw a team with a smaller lineup, with a number of players who handled the ball. Kingdom Prep is a similar team, which pushes the tempo well — it's scored over 100 points in each of its two games this season.

"Really, they have three or four different guys who push the ball in the open court," GCCC head coach Rand Chappell said. "That's kind of difficult to match up with a lot of times. You'd like for your point guard to stop their point guard. Sometimes your bigger guys aren't good at stopping the ball. It's gonna be a challenge for us to get back on defense and get them stopped in transition."

Against the Bluejays on Tuesday, the Busters were sometimes slow to get back on defense when Tabor pushed the ball up court. Chappell said he may end up making some adjustments to his lineup in-game against Kingdom Prep, going with combinations of smaller players for a better matchup. Garden City's guards are probably the strength of the team, so a smaller lineup shouldn't hurt the Busters' effectiveness too much.

Chappell has said the Busters need to defend the 3-pointer better. Kingdom Prep features a good outside shooter in Stevie Repichowski, who Chappell said Garden City will need to be wary of.

And while the Busters have athleticism and can probably play the kind of up-tempo game Kindgom Prep will push, Chappell said Garden City may try and slow the game down when it makes sense.

"I think we've gotta be smart," he said. "We've got some good athletes and we're capable of pushing the ball down the court. But I think we've got to pick our spots. I think you never turn down an easy break. At the same time, I think there might be some possessions that we want to control the ball a little bit more, and make them work on the defensive end."

Garden City plays North Platte (Neb.) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and the 1-0 Knights should offer a different challenge.

Chappell said he's not as familiar with North Platte, and that the Busters will get their best look at the Knights when they play Seward County at 3:30 Friday at Perryman. He expects to see a more physical type of team.

"We really haven't gotten a good look at North Platte," Chappell said. "But from what I understand, they're probably quite a bit the other direction. I think they'll push the ball, but by the standards we're looking at here, you'd call them a half-court team."

Chappell said both teams should offer challenges and different styles of play, and that's what the non-conference slate is all about.

"I told them our focus and preparation is on Friday," he said. "But we have to know that on Saturday, we're going to have to shift gears and get into a little bit different mindset, and make some adjustments. It will definitely be a learning process over the weekend — you hope that we pass the test and that we're ready for them."

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