The Conquistador men's basketball team spend Thanksgiving Week on the road with two different games in the state of Texas. The first game was a Region XIV opponent Lee College on Tuesday. Dodge City dropped that game by a score of 106-115 in overtime. Saturday the Conqs headed for Northern Texas as they took on Grayson College in Denison, Texas. They came away with a 96-89 victory in that game.
On Tuesday the Conqs were able to play in front of a friendly crowd as it was somewhat of a homecoming for three players that are from the Houston area. The game was a very fast-paced up and down game that saw Lee outscore the Conqs in the first half by a score of 62-53. In the second half the Dodge City defense stepped up and slowed down Lee College. They steadily chipped away at the lead and managed to make up the nine point deficit to send the game to overtime. In overtime Lee found their shooting touch again and the Conqs just could not get anything going on the offensive end. Dodge was outscored 13-4 in the overtime period. Jyrus Freels had another big night for the Conqs as he scored 28 points and grabbed 19 rebounds on the night. Five other Conqs scored in double digits with Trey Hill hitting for 15, UniQue Mency coming off the bench to score 13, Joe Petrakis chipped in 12, and Kevin Howard and Justice Dixon each scored 10.
Saturday Dodge City once again got off to a tough start in the first half as they found themselves down 47-41 to Grayson. Once again the Conqs used a strong second half to propel themselves. This time the second half was enough to overcome a the deficit and push them out to a significant win. Dodge City outscored the Vikings 55-42 in the second half to come away with the seven point victory. Freels once again was the dominant force for the Conqs as the scored 34 points and grabbed 14 rebounds on the night. Howard had a double double of his own scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, while Dixon and Hill each tallied 11 points for Dodge City. Mency rounded out the double digit scorers for the Conqs with 10 points of his own on the night.
"This was a good trip for us," said head coach Steve Tucker. "We played two quality teams that are going to prepare us for conference play. Both games were very hard fought, competitive games that we can learn from."
The split on the week leaves the Conqs record at 5 wins and 3 losses on the year as they head into conference play. They will travel to Independence for their conference opener on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.