If Garden City Community College head coach Brady Trenkle had been told in the preseason that his Broncbusters would be 11-3 at the end of the non-conference slate, he said he “would have been happy.”
But after starting the season 9-1, the Busters lost two straight at home during the Thanksgiving Classic, taking some of the air out of the team’s quick start. Still, Trenkle’s squad got back on track on Friday and Saturday with a pair of wins in Liberal during a two-day event hosted by Seward County Community College.
On Friday, the Busters defeated the Oklahoma Outlaws, a prep team based in Oklahoma City, 96-76, and then followed up on Saturday with a 66-52 victory over On Point Prep, also a prep team based in Oklahoma City, giving the Busters 11 wins prior to the holiday break and conference play, which begins on Jan. 3.
Tyrell Springer combined to score 30 points between the pair of games, while Antorian Moore chipped in 23 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Busters to the weekend sweep to close out the Busters’ 2014 non-conference campaign.
“If you must look at it (the record), you want to win them all, no question,” Trenkle said,” but we won in different ways every night. I’m happy with my guys. We’re ready to go in conference. We’re ready to be in conference.”
But Trenkle wants his team to get some rest before getting into the grinder of the first week of conference play — four games in eight days from Jan. 3 to 10.
“My big thing is, I want them to get refreshed,” Trenkle said of his players. “We’ve been going since Aug. 16.”
“I want them to go home and enjoy their family,” Trenkle continued. “I want them to do well in finals this week, and then go home, enjoy the break and their family and come back refreshed and ready to work hard.”
The Busters begin the KJCCC schedule with a 4 p.m. Jan. 3 contest at Butler, which is undefeated at 12-0 and has two more non-conference games to play in December.
Tashawnya Edwards had a team-high 10 points as the Garden City Lady Busters dropped their final game of the non-conference season, 68-60, at Otero, Colo., Junior College on Saturday.
“I thought we were kind of par for the course for us,” head coach Nick Salazar said about his team’s play, "which is not necessarily a good thing given our play the last few weeks.”
The Lady Busters have lost two of their last four games, and finish the pre-holiday season with a 9-5 record, falling short of the 10-win goal Salazar had set for his team prior to the season, and finishing on a low note before entering conference play.
“It was very disappointing,” Salazar said. “There are a lot of variables that go into winning at Otero, or I should say variables that we can’t control, and I thought our team was strong enough to overcome them, but we weren’t (Saturday) night.”
The Lady Busters also begin conference play on Jan. 3 at Butler, with a 2 p.m. contest against the 10-3 Lady Grizzlies. However, Salazar’s squad does have a warm-up scrimmage at Canyon, Texas, on Jan. 1.