The Garden City Community College men’s basketball team’s offense climbed back up to near 50-percent shooting to help the Broncbusters seal a 77-67 win over Cloud County in Concordia on Wednesday night.
The Busters had shot sub-40 percent in the previous two games, before hitting 48.1 percent of their shots (26 of 54) on Wednesday. They are hitting 48.8 percent of their shots overall for the season.
“If we just can get all four of our guards on the same page on the same night, it’s going to be really hard to beat us,” GCCC head coach Brady Trenkle said as his team improved to 9-3 overall and 5-3 in the KJCCC. “If we always have two or three step up, it gives us a chance.”
On Wednesday, it was Pierre Johnson’s turn, leading all scorers with 20 points on just eight shots (six makes), making all three of his three-point attempts, while also getting 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. He almost had a triple-double, adding seven assists.
“He had an all-around really good game,” Trenkle said of his point. “And he’s being a vocal leader, and guys are really listening to him.”
He also drew fouls Wednesday, going 5 of 9 from the free-throw line as the Busters got to the charity stripe in bunches, finishing 21 of 34.
Jamir Thomas had 16 points, Kendale Hampton had 15 off the bench and Elvis Harvey added 12.
While the Busters never trailed, they never created much separation until the final minutes, when Thomas’ dunk off an assist from Hampton extended the advantage to 16. Cloud County’s Javary Christmas scored a lay up right before the buzzer to provide the final margin.
He tied with Ramion Burt, Jr. for the Thunderbirds’ scoring leader with 16 each, as head coach Jordan Altman lost to his former boss (Trenkle). Altman was Trenkle’s assistant at GCCC for two seasons, prior to taking over at Cloud County this year.
“It’s hard, because me and Jordan are really good friends,” Trenkle said. “Jordan’s got a really talented team, obviously them beating Hutch (on Nov. 15). That proves a lot about his team, but they’re young.”
The T-Birds fell to 3-8 and 1-7.
The Busters host Pratt at 8 p.m. Saturday for the 2017 finale as they enter the December break after this week.