The Dodge City Conquistadors stayed with the Hutchinson Blue Dragons for most of their Jayhawk West contest Wednesday night at United Wireless Arena.
The Conqs just couldn’t find a way to stop the hot-shooting Dragons in the second half in a 95-82 setback to close out the regular season.
Hutchinson shot 23-of-35 from the field after intermission after the Conqs opened up the game strong.
E.J. Eaves scored 27 points to lead the Conqs (15-15, 4-10), while George Brock added 16, Ameer Jackson 13 and Jelani Carpenter 12 in their final home game of the season.
Five players scored in double figures for the Dragons with Coreontae DeBerry (26 points, 10 rebounds) and Kadeen Allen (15 points, 10 rebounds) recording double-doubles. DeBerry hit all 12 of his shots on the night.
Also scoring double figures for Hutchinson (23-7, 9-5) were Darrick Wood with 20, Nathan Jackson 16 and DeShawn Freeman (14).
The Conqs scored 18 of the first 22 points and didn’t allow a Hutchinson field goal for the first 4:55 of the contest.
The Dragons responded with a 13-2 run to cut the deficit to three after nine minutes of play and took their first lead at 27-26 with 7:27 left in the first half.
The two teams pushed to a 36-36 tie going into halftime.
Hutchinson built an early six-point lead by hitting five of its first seven shots to open the second half; but Dodge City fought back to take a 52-51 lead with 13:15 left in regulation.
The lead was short-lived as the Dragons went on a 13-2 run to regain the advantage. Hutchinson increased their lead to double digits a couple of minutes later and up to 78-63 with 6:30 left. The Conqs never got closer than 11 the rest of the contest.
The Conqs will battle Coffeyville in a Region VI first round contest Saturday at Nellis Hall. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
HUTCHINSON (95) -- Wood 20, Allen 15, Da. Freeman 0, Watson 2, Sands 0, DeBerry 26, N. Jackson 16, De. Freeman 14. Totals 37-69 18-23 95.
DODGE CITY (82) -- Brock 16, A. Jackson 13, Eaves 27, O’Neil 2, Duley 0, Richardson 0, Rencher 3, Clark 4, Beckett 5, Carpenter 12. Totals 33-73 9-16 82.
Halftime -- Hutchinson 36, Dodge City 36. Three-point baskets -- Hutchinson 3-10 (Wood 3-5, Watson 0-2, Allen 0-2, De. Freeman 0-1), Dodge City 7-17 (Brock 3-5, A. Jackson 2-4, Eaves 1-4, O’Neil 0-3, Rencher 1-1). Rebounds -- Hutchinson 40 (Allen, DeBerry 10), Dodge City 43 (Clark 8). Assists -- Hutchinson 20 (Allen 7), Dodge City 9 (O’Neil 5). Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- Hutchinson 18, Dodge City 22. Records -- Hutchinson 23-7 (9-5), Dodge City 15-15 (4-10).