May 21, 2024

Red Demons hold on for win at Great Bend

Great Bend, KS(westernkansasnews.com)

On Friday night in Great Bend, the Dodge City Red Demons started slowly, overtook the Panthers, built a 10-point lead, lost the lead, regained the lead and then held on for a 64-61 victory.

Dodge City started the game cold, unable to make a field goal for the first 5:30 of the game, hitting just 2-of-12 in the opening quarter. The Red Demons got to the free throw line 10 times, but hit just three of the freebies. Fortunately, Great Bend was cold, too, connecting on just 3-of-12 from the field, including 1-for-4 from three-point range, and Dodge City just trailed 9-7 after one.

The 2nd quarter was a different story as the Red Demons opened on a 6-0 run to take a 13-9 with 6:45 to play in the half. From that point on, the two teams traded buckets until another Dodge City run, capped by a Luke Gleason trey, gave the Red Demons an 8-point lead, 24-16. Dodge City extended that lead to 10, 28-18, but Great Bend scored the final four points and by halftime the lead was six, 28-22.

Dodge City opened the 3rd quarter with four quick points, to equal its biggest lead at 32-22. Two quick treys from Great Bend’s Brock Blessing and Alex Schremmer trimmed the lead to four, but the Red Demons stretched it back to nine, 40-31 with just over four minutes to play in the third. The Panthers then made their run, dropping in 11 unanswered points to re-take the lead, 42-40. Dodge City would regain the lead, 44-43, heading into the final period.

The 4th quarter was a back-and-forth tussle with four lead changes and seven ties. Noah Sowers hit a pair of free throws with two minutes to play to give the Red Demons the lead for good, 60-58. Another free throw made it 61-58 and Dodge City would finish the game off at the charity stripe, pulling it out, 64-61.

Noah Sowers led the Red Demons with 19 points, hitting 11 of 16 free throw attempts, 8 of 10 in the 4th quarter. He also pulled down 6 rebounds and dished out 5 assists. John Johnson added 14 points and 9 rebounds off the bench, with Hunter Heath tossing in 12 points and grabbing 7 boards, also off the bench. Sophomore standout Alex Schremmer led Great Bend with 20 points and Ty Esfeld added a double-double for the Panthers, 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Dodge City controlled the boards, 49-38, and got 13 second-chance points. Turnovers were about even, 17 for Dodge City and 16 for Great Bend. The Red Demons scored 15 points off turnovers. Dodge City shot just 37% from the field, including just 1-of-12 from beyond the arc. Great Bend hit 36% of its field goal attempts and 5-of-25 from 3-point range. The Red Demons got to the line 52 times, hitting just 27 of those, while the Panthers were 12-of-22 from the charity stripe.

Dodge City improves to 7-5 on the season, 2-0 in the WAC. The Red Demons will host the Garden City Buffaloes on Tuesday.