The Dodge City Red Demons rebounded from their first loss of the season by returning to taking advantage of mistakes by the Junction City Blue Jays on the way to a 44-39 victory at Shenk Gymnasium.
Dodge City scored nine points off of six Blue Jay turnovers and limited the hosts to two field goals in the final quarter as the Red Demons outscored Junction City 13-5 to rally for the win. The Red Demons scored 21 points off of 11 Junction City turnovers and also made seven of its 12 3-point shot attempts in the game.
The Red Demons (2-1) were 10-of-13 from the field after intermission (76.9 percent) as they were much more patient on getting better shots against the Blue Jays' defense.
Junction City (1-2) was almost as successful in the second half as the Blue Jays made eight of 14 shots after intermission.
Jace Larson led Dodge City with 13 points and five rebounds, while Matt Goedeken and Austin Weiser added eight in the victory (all of Goedeken's points came in the second half). Cedric Johnson led Junction City in scoring with 14 points.
Dodge City scored the first six points of the game on three-point baskets by Weiser and Larson, but the Blue Jays were able to cut the margin to 10-9 with Johnson leading Junction City with six points.
The Red Demons hit a three-point basket to open the second quarter, but made only one more field goal before intermission as Junction City was able to build a 19-17 lead at intermission.
The third quarter saw Dodge City make six of seven shots in the stanza while Junction City was 6-of-9 from the field with the Blue Jays leading 34-31 going into the final quarter.
The Red Demons' next action will be Friday with the home opener against Goddard Eisenhower. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.
DODGE CITY (44) -- Shaphan Gross 5, Austin Weiser 8, Jordan Doan 6, Kelan Newton 4, Jace Larson 13, Matt Goedeken 8. Totals 16 5-8 44.
JUNCTION CITY (39) -- Darius Redrick 7, Danny Thornton 3, Semaj Johnson 4, Eric Stepan 5, Tanner Lueker 3, Frank Johnston 3, Cedric Johnson 1. Totals 14 9-15 39.
Dodge City      10    7  14  13 -- 44
Junction City     9  10  15    5 -- 39
Three-point baskets -- Dodge City 7 (Gross 1, Weiser 2, Doan1, Larson 1, Goedeken 2), Junction City 2 (Thornton 1, F. Johnston 1). Records -- Dodge City 2-1, Junction City 1-2.