Butler County Times Gazette
  • Conqs wear down Grizzlies for win

  • Dodge City use defense to beat Butler
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  • John Curtis Dodge City Daily Globe The Dodge City Conquistadors found a way to stop the Butler Grizzlies and their five-game winning streak by playing strong defense in a 74-56 victory in the final game of the Pizza Hut Classic at United Wireless Arena. The Conqs scored 12 points off of Butler turnovers in both halves and the Grizzlies shot 8-of-29 (and 4-of-9 from the free throw line) in the first half as Dodge City took a 10-point halftime lead and never lost its double digit margin in the second half. "Our energy was fantastic and we scouted them out very well," said Dodge City assistant coach Tim Sandquist. "The biggest difference was our energy on the defensive end and locking in to what they were doing." Butler head coach Michael Bargen said playing their fifth game in eight days — including a double-overtime victory over Seward on Friday — wasn't a factor in the loss to the Conqs. "We didn't make many shots in the first half or really in the second half and we made one three and that's an important part of our game," Bargen said. "You take one of our arms off and that was the difference in the game." Larry Beckett led the Conqs with 19 points and nine rebounds. He said the team has been successful due to everyone playing together. "It was a nice team win," Beckett said. "We played well defensively and made a lot of stops. We played a heck of a good game. We stick together like brothers and we have good team chemistry." Other double-figures scorers for Dodge City included Ameer Jackson with 13, E.J. Eaves 12 and Delvon Rencher 11. Larry Fitzgerald scored 13 and Sean Goodwin added 12 to lead the Grizzlies (7-2). Dodge City (9-1) scored nine straight after the Grizzlies made a basket on their first possession. Butler battled back and tied the game at 12-12 seven minutes of the game. The Conqs gave up only eight points the rest of the half and led 30-20 at intermission. The Conqs continued their dominance in the second half, leading as much as 26 points after intermission. Both teams hit the road for their next game: Dodge City will travel to Neosho County, while Butler travels to Brown-Mackie. BUTLER (56) — Burton 0-1 0-0 0, Fitzgerald 5-9 3-7 13, Richardson 0-4 1-3 1, S. Triggs 4-14 0-1 9, Legg 1-2 2-2 4, O'Connor 0-3 0-0 0, Burton 1-4 0-1 2, Wofford-Humphrey 1-4 1-2 3, Rowell 2-4 0-0 4, B. Triggs 1-1 0-0 2, Johnson 2-3 2-2 6, Schraeder 0-1 0-0 0, Goodwin 6-8 0-0 12. Totals 23-58 9-18 56. DODGE CITY (74) — Brock 3-10 0-0 8, Jackson 4-4 3-4 13, Eaves 2-6 8-10 12, O'Neil 0-3 4-4 4, Rencher 3-4 5-5 11, Clark 1-2 0-0 2, Beckett 8-16 3-4 19, Carpenter 1-1 3-5 5. Totals 22-46 26-32 74. Halftime — Dodge City 30, Butler 20. Three-point baskets — Butler 1-18 (Burton 0-1, Fitzgerald 0-2, Richardson 0-2, S. Triggs 1-4, Legg 0-1, O'Connor 0-3, Wofford-Humphrey 0-2, Rowell 0-3), Dodge City 4-12 (Brock 2-7, Jackson 2-2, Eaves 0-1, O'Neil 0-2). Rebounds — Butler 33 (S. Triggs 7), Dodge City 37 (Beckett 9). Assists — Butler 10 (S. Triggs 4), Dodge City 13 (O'Neil 6). Fouled out — none. Technicals — B. Triggs. Total fouls — Butler 26, Dodge City 19. Records — Butler 7-2, Dodge City 9-1. Seward 104, Raleigh's Finest 69 Raleigh scored the first nine points of the game before the Saints answered with an 18-2 run to take the lead for good over the short-handed prep squad. Seward led by 15 points at halftime an led by as much as 37 after intermission. The Saints (4-4) went 38-of-76 from the field, scoring 56 points on 22-of-39 shooting after intermission. Niem Stevenson led five players who scored in double figures for the Saints with 23 points. Other double-figures scorers include Secean Johnson (22), Evan Allen (13), Tyreke Sharp (12) and Brian Bridgeforth (11). Four players scored in double figures for Raleigh: Rontrez Purcel (19), Dejoun Sanders (18), Kendall Collins (16) and Jabar Ray (12).

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