Sharing the ball makes things much more fun for a number of people and that's the emphasis Tuesday night in the Dodge City Red Demons had in their 57-42 Western Athletic Conference victory over the Garden City Buffaloes.
The Red Demons made 14-of-17 from the field in the second half with 13 of those baskets assisted by a fellow player as Dodge City inched closer to a possible fourth league title with three games left to play.
"You don't (shoot) like that by just chucking at the basket," said DCHS boys basketball head coach Dennis Hamilton. "We did a good job of passing the ball and when you do that, you should a high percentage."
The Red Demons shot 23-of-33 as a team (69.7 percent) and recorded 20 assists in the game. Five DCHS players had at least three assists in the contest and nine scored in the game. Matt Goedeken was 7-of-8 and scored 17 points to lead Dodge City (10-7, 4-1), while Jace Larson and Austin Weiser added 10 points in the victory.
"Matt did a good job of making impressive post moves and played with his 'chin at the basket,'" Hamilton said. "Jace played well despite being sick and Austin is just getting more passion with his game and more comfortable with it. Shaphan struggled with his game, but he came up with some big rebounds in the second half."
Hunter Delgado and Austin Terpstra scored 10 points apiece to lead Garden City (12-6, 3-3).
The first quarter saw the Red Demons make six of nine shots and score nine points off of Garden City turnovers to build a 14-6 lead after the initial quarter. Dodge City increased the lead to12 midway through the second quarter, but the Buffaloes scored eight of the final 10 points to cut the deficit to 21-15 at intermission.
Dodge City dominated the third quarter, making nine of their 10 shots on the way to 20 points in the stanza to regain the double-digit margin at 41-30. The final score was the largest lead of the game for the Red Demons.
The Red Demons' next game is another WAC contest at Great Bend, the only league team to record a victory over Dodge City this season. A win there would just about assure the Red Demons their fourth league title in a row, but Hamilton cautioned his team after the game that work is still needed to be done.
"We're in the drivers' seat, but we don't have the keys, yet," Hamilton said. "We're where we want to be and this is the team we stubbed our toe against. Hopefully, our kids will be passionate and ready to play."
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.
GARDEN CITY (42) – Hunter Delgado 10, Tristan Nanninga 7, Bo Banner 4, Denton Keller 2, Austin Terpstra 10, Emilio Parr 2, Caleb Tramp 7. Totals 16 7-11 42.
DODGE CITY (57) – Rashaan Taylor 5, Zach Norton 2, Shaphan Gross 5, Austin Weiser 10, Blaik Middleton 1, Jordan Doan 5, Kelan Newton 2, Jace Larson 10, Matt Goedeken 17. Totals 23 8-11 57.
Garden City691512 – 42
Dodge City1472016 – 57
Three-point baskets – Garden City 3 (Delgado 2, Nanninga 1), Dodge City 3 (Taylor 1, Gross 1, Doan 1). Records – Garden City 12-6 (3-3), Dodge City 10-7 (4-1).