It took a little while for the Dodge City Conquistadors to get going against the Northwest Tech Mavericks in Tuesday night action at United Wireless Arena.
But once they shook off the rust after five days away from competition, the Conquistadors runned-and-gunned their way to a 87-75 victory over their opponents from Goodland.
The Conquistadors had trouble against the athletic Mavericks in the beginning as the transition defense wasn't working; but as the game wore on, things started to go towards Dodge City's way.
"They were making shots and we were gambling a little bit at the beginning," said Dodge City head coach Kyle Campbell. "I thought we were better in the second half of staying in the gaps and making them take tough shots and we were able to outrebound them."
Greg Travis led the Conqs (2-0) in scoring with 15 points, while Jacoby Green added 14 (all in the first half) as did Aaron Tate. Victor Adams (12) and Delvon Rencher (11) also scored in double figures in the victory.
Nicholas Riley led Northwest (0-3) with 23 points, while Lamar Britton added 11 in the loss.
The Mavericks scored the first six points of the game and continued to maintain that margin throughout most of the first 10 minutes of the game before Dodge City trimmed the deficit to 18-17 with a five-point run.
The two teams traded baskets for most of the remainder of the first half before Dodge City scored nine of the last 11 points to lead 44-41 at intermission. Green made six of his seven shots before intermission to lead the Conqs.
"I love to have Jacoby coming off the bench because he brings us some energy," Campbell said. "He gives us a spark off the bench that we need when things aren't always going our way. He's a crafty guy and we're playing him as a four (power forward) because he can create some matchup difficulties."
Riley led the Mavericks with 15 points. Dodge City made half of their 32 shots of the stanza, while Northwest was 16-of-31 from the field.
Dodge City slowly extended its lead early in the second half to 57-48 with 14 minutes remaining in regulation. By the media timeout with less than 10 minutes left, the Conqs' lead was 67-54 thanks to a nine-point run. The Mavericks were never closer than six points the rest of the way. Dodge City scored 13 points off of 13 Northwest turnovers.
The Conqs travel to Clarendon, Texas, for two games against Frank Phillips and Clarendon College this weekend. Both games are scheduled to start at 5 p.m.