Butler stymies Garden City
El Dorado, KS-Jordan Frazier's career night couldn't save Garden City.
Despite the freshman pouring in 33 points, the Broncbusters were outscored by 13 in the second half, dropping their second straight game, 93-83 to Butler Saturday afternoon at the Power Plant.
AJ Williams scored 21 points and Charles McClennahan had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, which improved to 18-5 overall and 13-4 in conference play. Kaleb Washington scored 21 in 26 minutes off the bench.
Garden City Head Coach, Rusty Elmore, who was visibly frustrated after the game, watched as his two-star guards Brody Robinson and Braxton Jones struggled from the field again, combining to shoot 8-of-27 (30 percent). Thomas Tut finished with 16 points and 14 boards.
The final 20 minutes erased a strong start for the Broncbusters.
Trailing 21-14 10 minutes into the game, Elmore called a 30-second timeout to voice his displeasure. His team then responded valiantly with a 13-2 run with Robinson and Frazier combining to hit three straight triples to make it 27-23. Garden City was up by three at the half.
Butler though looked fresher in the second period, and Williams' back-to-back buckets gave the home team a 47-43 advantage. McClennahan followed with a pair of free throws, Jason Drake slipped a pocket pass to Jamichael Stillwell for a layup, and Kaleb Washington slithered inside for an easy deuce to push the lead to eight with 15 minutes remaining.
Garden City (15-9, 11-7)) managed to pull within three following Robinson's 3-pointer from the top of the key just over a minute later. It was one of three times that they made it a single-possession game in the second half.
It was as close as they got.
Butler put the game away with an 11-2 surge capped by Washington's three-point play and jump shot that gave the Grizzlies an 11-point cushion with 6:05 to go.
Robinson finished with 13 points and 11 assists in 37 minutes for Garden City. Charles Chukwu added nine points and five rebounds but only logged 21 minutes.