The Dodge City Community College men's basketball team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end Saturday afternoon with a 67-61 loss to the Eastern Oklahoma State Mountaineers in the final round of the Barton County Classic.

    The Conqs fell behind early and struggled in all aspects of the game. Dodge City coach Brady Trenkle said it was no secret why his team came out sluggish.


The Dodge City Community College men's basketball team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end Saturday afternoon with a 67-61 loss to the Eastern Oklahoma State Mountaineers in the final round of the Barton County Classic.
    The Conqs fell behind early and struggled in all aspects of the game. Dodge City coach Brady Trenkle said it was no secret why his team came out sluggish. 
    “Our guys are tired right now, they're worn out. This was bad scheduling on my part,” Trenkle said. “We're beat up and we're sick. Eastern Oklahoma just outplayed us, they were the ones diving on the ground and we were just standing and watching.”
    Dodge City has played seven games in the past 12 days. 
    Freshman Rodney Clinkscales led the Dodge City scoring with 21 points. Point guard Cory Perkins finished with 10 points and was the only other Conquistador in double figures.
    Two Mountaineers accounted for over half the Eastern Oklahoma scoring. Robert Givens led the way with 20 points and Terence Roby added 15.
    “They had an answer for our defense. We ran a matchup and our guys weren't adjusting and shifting the way they were supposed to,” Trenkle said. “So that means we've got to go back to practice and find out why we didn't adjust the right way and I think it comes with fatigue.”
    Despite the weary effort, the Conqs were never out of the game. Perkins sank two free throws to pull Dodge City within two points, 63-61 with 57 seconds remaining.
    After an Eastern Oklahoma timeout, Christian Salazar deflected the in-bounds pass and Joe Wheeler dived on the floor to recover the loose ball, giving the ball back to Dodge City with 34 seconds left in the game.
    Dodge City used a timeout to set up the offense but Roby intercepted a Clinkscales' pass before the Conqs could get off a shot. The Mountaineers then went four for four from the charity stripe in the final 20 seconds to seal the victory for Eastern Oklahoma.
    “They had the momentum and our guys don't know how to pull out of that yet, but hopefully they can figure it out pretty quick,” Trenkle said. “We've got a big one on Monday so we'll see if we can figure it out by then.
    “When we go to Frank Phillips you are probably going to see all 14 guys play because I think we've got some tired legs on this team,” Trenkle said. “No one is probably going to play over 20 to 25 minutes.”
    The 5-3 Conqs travel to Borger, Texas Monday to play 8-1 Frank Phillips. The only blemish on the Plainsmen's record is an 88-73 loss to the Conqs on Nov. 17 in Dodge City.