A road loss to a top-five team in the KJCCC is going to happen. But when it comes due to a lack of effort, Garden City Community College head men’s basketball coach Brady Trenkle is going to be frustrated.

“It was the worst effort we’ve had all year as a core group,” Trenkle said after he saw his Broncbusters fall, 82-71, at Colby Wednesday night. “We couldn’t get a 50-50 ball to save our lives all night.”

The Busters were out-rebounded 39-29 by a team smaller than they are, and three Trojan players scored 50 of their 71 points.

“We’re not getting a lot of production from guys that are getting a lot of minutes,” Trenkle said. “The least you could do is give us effort.”

Garden City fell to 11-5 overall and 7-5 in the KJCCC, now in a two-way tie for sixth. Colby is 12-4 and 8-4, in a two-way tie for fourth.

Pierre Johnson had a game-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and Kendale Hampton had 16 points, with five three-pointers. Jamir Thomas had 10 points and nine rebounds. No other player had more than six points.

The Busters trailed by 11 at halftime (41-30), and never had a lead. Colby led by as many as 18 midway through the second half.

“We didn’t deserve to be in the game the way we were playing,” Trenkle said, who put most of the blame on his team’s defense, which allowed Colby to hit 54 percent of its shots and go 8 for 13 from three-point range.

Trenkle said Colby’s success from deep came despite the Busters’ scouting report that keyed on Colby’s shooters.

“We’ve got to know the scouting report,” he said. “It’s not the first time our guys did this. You’ve got to put more time into preparation, knowing the report … They’ve got to sit down and know it, and tonight, they didn’t know it at all.”

Four players scored between 16 and 20 points for the Trojans, led by Gabriel Gyamfi’s 20 and 12 rebounds. David Hall had 18, with James Dalton and Xavier Smith each adding 16.

The Busters remain on the road for an 8 p.m. Saturday game at Seward County. Seward won on the road Wednesday night, beating Dodge City, 70-64.