In high gear-Garden City destroys Independence
Garden City, KS-When Garden City's offense is clicking on all cylinders, it's a pretty scary proposition.
Just ask first-year Independence Head Coach, Jason Steadman, who on Saturday witnessed the avalanche firsthand.
Garden City, which won for the seventh time in their last nine games to improve to 13-7 overall and 9-5 in the Jayhawk, shot 58 percent from the floor and nailed 12 3-pointers. Every starter scored at least 15 points with Braxton Jones finishing with 22. In fact, the transfer from Hartford couldn't miss, connecting on his final six shots from the field after opening just 1-of-6.
Cory Curtis, the conference's leading scorer, recorded a game-high 36 points for Independence (1-19, 0-14), marking the fourth time this season that he's scored 30 or more. He was the lone Pirate in double figures.
After a back-and-forth first 12 minutes, Garden City broke the game open with a 17-3 run. Frazier made a reverse layup, Jones drilled a 3-pointer from the wing, and Robinson found Thomas Tut for a three-point play, giving the Broncbusters a 47-29 advantage with 4:35 to go in the half. They led by 16 at the intermission.
Frazier pulled down a career-best 14 rebounds for Garden City, which hit the century mark for the fifth time this season and the fifth time in their last eight games. They led by as many as 38 following Charles Chukwu's free throw that made it 111-73 with 2:05 remaining.
The Broncbusters outrebounded the Pirates, 46-28 and posted 31 assists, their third game this season with 30 or more.
Chukwu scored 17 points, and Tut had 15 and eight boards for Garden City.