Busters snap 9-game losing streak, beat Cloud County 77-68
By ADAM HOLT
Rand Chappell yelled himself hoarse over the past few weeks, and Saturday night, his voice was notably weaker.
Getting a win soothed the pain a bit, though, for the Garden City Community College men's basketball head coach.
the rest of the Broncbusters, there was noticeable relief in snapping a
nine-game losing streak with a 77-68 win over Cloud County at the
Perryman Athletic Complex.
"Finally. So tired of that losing stuff, man," freshman forward Jade Cathey said.
the first time in what seemed like ages, Garden City looked alive on
offense for a whole game, and the Busters won the rebounding battle for
the first time in three games. The inability to hit from 3-point range,
the turnovers, the difficulty in the post that plagued the Busters at
times in their losing streak all got cleaned up against the
"When you get down, you lose a couple games in a row,
you kinda try too hard not to lose," point guard Frank Agholor said.
"You lose sight of what's important, in playing the games, sticking to
the fundamentals and the basics. I think the last few days, Coach could
have gone the opposite way and nagged us about it, but he took the
better route; 'Hey guys, remember, just play the game.'"
As a unit,
Garden City's forwards had one of their best games of the conference
season, even with sophomore Joe Ebondo missing his second straight game
with a right knee strain.
Cathey had 21 points, including 15 in the
first half, and Arkeem Joseph has continued to improve after being used
more over the past few games, scoring six. Mike Chandler added a spark
with four points, including a putback dunk, and two blocks in a
three-minute span in the middle of the second half. Even reserve Kowan
Russell showed some toughness in limited playing time, grabbing a pair
of offensive rebounds.
"Our coach actually told us that we really had
to work hard if we want to win ? he told the big men that, actually,"
Cathey said. He was right, we worked hard, and got the win."
With GCCC's guards struggling lately, the boost from the frontcourt was huge.
exactly what it was," Agholor said. "We're losing our leading
rebounder, one of the leading rebounders in the nation. So that's a big
emphasis. We've been giving up a lot. Coach talked to us, somebody has
to step up. I think they took it upon themselves to step up, and they
did a great job."
Agholor had 20 points and looked more assertive
driving to the rim, finishing 5-of-11 from the field, hitting tough
shots, and drawing fouls en route to a 10-of-12 performance at the line.
(11-17, 3-11 KJCCC) edged CCCC (14-13, 5-8) on the boards, 39-32, with
seven Busters grabbing at least three rebounds. Cathey led the way with
seven, while Reuben King added six.
Meanwhile, Garden City's offense,
which has disappeared at times during the season, shot 47.2 percent
from the field. Most of those buckets came from within 10 feet, and
Garden City went 5-of-9 from 3-point range, an indication of the
improved patience from the Busters ? who were 14-of-60 behind the arc in
their previous three games.
"We obviously got to the basket a little
more, and finished a few more plays," Chappell said. "Jade was
obviously huge in the first half, keeping us in the game. ... I thought
Frank got to the basket and the foul line both some, which makes a
difference. Other people finished around the basket, too."
10 points, while Chris Hall, who left Wednesday's game against Pratt
with a left shoulder injury, returned Saturday to score 11, including
3-of-4 from behind the arc.
A 10-4 run to start the second half
turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 40-35 lead with 16 minutes,
42 seconds to play. Agholor's layup in transition with 9:26 to play put
Garden up 53-40, but Cloud pulled to within 55-51 by the 6:31 mark.
Busters responded with a 7-0 run, though, capped by a nice driving
finish off a crossover by King. Cathey hit a layup with 2:11 to play to
make it 67-57, and the Busters were 10-of-12 down the stretch in free
throws, including 3-of-4 from King and 6-of-6 for Agholor.
Concentration was the difference for Garden City.
think we came in pretty focused," Cathey said. "More so, it was about
the team, more than anything. When stuff wasn't going our way, we just
came together as a team."
Gerrae Williams had 19 points to lead the T-Birds, followed by Edward Dyson with 15.
City heads to second-place Seward County for an 8 p.m. game on
Wednesday, before finishing at home against Dodge City on Saturday. It's
late in the season, but any positives down the stretch are a good thing
for the Busters.
"Absolutely," Agholor said. "We have to learn from
what we did tonight, and build upon it. We have to. The rebounding,
blocking out, just sticking to the basics. Most of all, just having fun.
The bench was enthusiastic, and we were just all for each other
Cloud County (68) ? Fillyaw 1-8 0-0 2, Williams 6-11
2-3 19, Smith 3-4 1-2 7, Dyson 6-17 1-2 15, Mboup 2-2 0-0 4, Anaekwe
1-2 0-0 2, Robinson 0-1 4-6 4, Tanking 1-3 0-0 3, Okoronkwo 2-2 0-0 4,
McDaniel 4-10 0-0 8. Totals 26-60 9-13 68.
Garden City (78) ? Joseph
3-8 0-0 6, Agholor 5-11 10-12 20, King 3-8 2-3 10, Webb 1-4 1-2 4,
Cathey 7-12 7-10 21, Jones 0-0 1-2 1, Hall 4-6 0-1 11, Chandler 2-3 0-0
4, Russell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-53 22-31 77.
Halftime ? Cloud County
31-30. 3-point goals ? Cloud County 7-20 (Williams 5-8, Dyson 1-5,
Tanking 1-2, McDaniel 0-1, Fillyaw 0-4), Garden City 5-9 (Hall 3-4, King
1-2, Webb 1-2, Agholor 0-1). Fouled out ? Garden City (Cathey).
Rebounds ? Cloud County 32 (Williams 5, Mboup 5, Anaekwe 5, McDaniel 5),
Garden City 39 (Cathey 7). Assists ? Cloud County 14 (Fillyaw 5),
Garden City 7 (Agholor 3). Turnovers ? Cloud County 12, Garden City 12.
Technical fouls ? Cloud County (Anaekwe). Total fouls ? Cloud County 23,
Garden City 13.