Liberal, KS (westernkansasnews.com) The offense was good and the defense was even better as both Garden City Community College Basketball teams won their opening games in the Pizza Hut Classic from the “Green House” at Seward County Community College in Liberal.
For the men they took an early 11-0 lead through the first four minutes and kept the lead in double digits though most of the remainder of the game in cruising to a 74-56 win over Sunrise Christian Academy of Wichita.
The outside shot was working well as part of the Broncbusters offensive attack. The team went 13/25 from beyond the arc for 52 percent, Jabar Ray went 4 of 7 from long distance while Jamar Gilbert hit 3 of 5 shots from outside. Both Gilbert and Ray led the Broncbusters in scoring with 16 points each, Aaron Ray yanked down seven rebounds in the win.
Two players reached double figures for Sunrise Christian Academy. Rosoevelt Smart had 17 and hit 8 of 9 shots from the free throw line. Jaume Sorollo poured in ten. Garden City forced Sunrise Christian to turn the ball over 25 times, while only committing 15 turnovers of their own.
The 3-0 Broncbusters play Peterson Air Force Base of Colorado Springs Saturday at 4 in wrapping up the two game stretch in Liberal.
Post-game comments from Coach Brady Trenkle
For the women’s team, Garden City held their opponents to 31 points again just like they did in the opener against Western Oklahoma State and breezed their way to a 87-31 win over University of the Southwest JV team.
The Broncbusters had 24 again from freshman guard Shala Dobbins leading four players in double figures. Donasja Scott and Jaymie Bernbeck each had a double-double. Scott finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Bernbeck came up with 12 points and 11 boards. Garden City pounded the boards for a 59-36 advantage over University of the Southwest and held the Mustangs to 15 percent shooting at 9/61.
Coach Nick Salazar’s Post-game Comments
Saturday’s game is expected to be much tougher for Garden City as they take on Gillette. The Pronghorns fell to 2-1 after a 69-57 loss to eighth ranked Seward County Friday night. The women’s game will be broadcasted on AM 1030 KBUF beginning with the pre-game at 1:45. The men’s game with Peterson Air Force Base will be on ESPN 99.9 following the conclusion of the Bronbusters football game with Coffeyville.