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NO. 2 BLUE DRAGONS POST IMPRESSIVE WIN OVER GRIZZLIES

Basketball - Men | 12.08.16

The Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team did something against the Butler Grizzlies on Wednesday night at the Sports Arena that it hadn’t done since 1979 – reach the century mark on the scoreboard.

The No. 2-ranked Blue Dragons shot better than 54 percent and placed five players in double figures in an impressive 109-82 Jayhawk Conference victory at the Sports Arena.

The Blue Dragons improve to 12-0 overall and maintain their first-place standing in the Jayhawk Conference at 8-0 heading into Saturday’s road trip to Barton in Great Bend. The Grizzlies fall to 7-4 overall and 4-4 in the conference.

Hutchinson hadn’t reached the 100-point mark against the rival Grizzlies dating back to a 109-60 win in 1979. That was a span of 82 games in the series that played its 185th game all-time.

The 109 points scored by the Dragons tied for the most points scored ever against the Grizzlies and it marks the second-straight game that Hutch scored at least 100 points in back-to-back Jayhawk Conference games. That’s only happened six times in Blue Dragons history and the first since 2015 against Pratt and Colby.

Freshman J.J. Rhymes scored a game-high 19 points with five rebounds and three assists to lead Hutchinson. Rhymes was 7 of 9 from the free-throw line.

Sophomore Samajae Haynes-Jones and freshman Devonte Bandoo scored 17 points each. Haynes-Jones added five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Bandoo chipped in seven rebounds and three assists.

Sophomore Shakur Juiston had 12 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots. Sophomore James Conley had 10 points, while sophomore Nikola Scekic added eight points and seven rebounds.

The Blue Dragons shot 43 of 79 from the field (54.4 percent), hitting 4 of 11 from 3-point range and 19 of 28 from the free-throw line. The Dragons owned a 48-34 rebounding advantage and had 13 turnovers.

The Grizzlies shot 39.7 percent from the floor (29 of 73), going 9 of 28 from the 3-point line and 15 of 21 from the foul line. Butler committed 20 turnovers.

Johnnathan Lindsey had 17 points, while Semej Hervey and Wil Adler added 11 points each.

The Blue Dragons went through a cold spell early in the game and saw a six-point lead at 9-3 flip to a 14-11 deficit with 13:26 remaining in the first half. After a 30-second timeout, the Dragons immediately went on a 16-2 run over the next 5 minutes, 18 seconds to take charge. Kai Mitchell’s bucket with 8:08 left gave Hutch a 27-16 lead.

After a LaJuan Hardy 3-pointer with 4:03 left in the half, cut the Dragon lead to 42-13, Hutch surged again with a 12-2 run and the lead climbed to 21 for the first time after Haynes-Jones completed a four-point play – Tiylar Cotton also had a four-point play earlier in the first half – to give Hutch a 54-33 lead with 1:35 remaining in the half.

The Dragons shot 20 of 38 from the field and forced nine Butler turnovers for 15 points in building a 56-36 lead at halftime.

The Blue Dragons kicked it into high gear early in the second half. Leading 68-46 with 15:14 remaining, the Dragons exploded with a 21-4 run over the next 5:53 and led 89-50 after a Haynes-Jones layup with 9:29 to go. The lead reached as high as 41 points at 95-54.

Hutchinson shot even better in the second half at 56.1 percent.

GAME NOTES – The Blue Dragons own a 120-65 all-time record against Butler. … The 191 combined points were the second most in series history. … The Blue Dragons outscored Butler 31-8 in points off turnovers. Hutch reached the 20-assist plateau for the seventh time this season and has shot better than 50 percent for the seventh time this season.

(HCC Sports Information)


NO. 10 BLUE DRAGON WOMEN DEFEAT NO. 21 GRIZZLIES

Basketball - Women | 12.08.16

The No. 10 Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team evened its record against nationally ranked opponents on Wednesday with a 74-59 Jayhawk Conference victory over No. 21 Butler on Wednesday night.

The Blue Dragons’ conference-leading defense held the No. 3 offense to one of its first performances of the season, holding the Grizzlies to 34.8 percent shooting and 23 points under its scoring average.

Hutchinson improves to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in the Jayhawk Conference. HCC travels to Barton at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in Great Bend. Butler falls to 8-3 and 6-3.

Sophomore Kirea Rogers posted her second double-double of the season with a season-high 21 points and 10 rebounds. Rogers perfect on a career-high 13 free-throw attempts, which ties for the 10th most free throws by a Blue Dragon in a single game in team history.

Rogers scored 15 points in the opening half as Hutchinson shot 54.5 percent and led 42-33 at halftime.

Redshirt freshman Brenna McClure provided a spark off the bench with a season-high 18 points, knocking down a season’s-best three 3-pointers and going 5 of 5 from the free-throw line. McClure added five assists.

Sophomore Lakin Preisner also came up with some key plays in scoring 12 points with five rebounds and a career-high six steals.

The Blue Dragons shot 47.8 percent overall (22 of 46), hitting 5 of 15 from 3-point range. Hutch out-rebounded Butler 33-27, but had to overcome 21 turnovers.

Defensively, Hutchinson held the Grizzlies to 16 of 46 overall shooting and 2 of 11 from 3-point range. Butler turned the ball over 22 times.

Dakota Vann led the Grizzlies with 14 points. Nakylia Carter had 10 points.

There were a combined 55 fouls and 67 attempted free throws in the game. The Blue Dragons were 25 of 35 and the Grizzlies were 25 of 32.

Hutchinson’s first seven points of the game all came from the free-throw line, six from Rogers. The Dragons didn’t get a field goal until a Preisner layup with 6:49 to play in the period. With the game tied at 6, the Blue Dragons went on a 19-5 run to end the quarter, hitting 7 of 10 shots from the floor to lead 25-11 after the first 10 minutes. Hutch led 15-11 and scored the final 10 points of the quarter in the last 1 minute, 12 seconds of the period to open that lead.

The first 4 minutes, 7 seconds of the second quarter belonged to the Grizzlies. The Dragons didn’t hit a shot for the first 5:59 of the period and when Vann nailed a 3-pointer with 5:53 to play, the Hutch lead had dwindled to 27-24. Four-straight points from Rogers and then back-to-back 3-poiners from McClure and Taylor Stahly were the opening points of what turned out to be a 15-3 Blue Dragon run. Rogers’ layup with 1:48 to go in the quarter gave Hutch a 42-27 lead. Butler scored the final six points of the quarter to cut the Dragon lead to 44-33 at halftime.

The first four points of the third quarter went to Butler, which cut the Dragon lead to 42-37 with 8:35 remaining. Doing most of the damage from the free-throw line, the Dragons scored 8 of the next 10 points to lead 40-39 with 5:01 left. Butler went without a field goal for the final 6:46 of the period and Hutch scored the final six points of the third to lead 60-46 heading to the fourth quarter.

The Blue Dragons’ defense limited Butler to 28.6 percent shooting in the second half. The Dragons pushed their lead to a game-high 17 at 69-52 after a Stahly layup with 5:50 left. Butler answered six-straight points, but McClure’s third 3-pointer of the game with 2:56 left was the final straw in Hutchinson’s seventh-consecutive victory of the season.

GAME NOTES – Hutchinson is now 53-29 all-time vs. Butler, going 27-12 all-time at the Sports Arena. … Taylor Stahly now has 133 career 3-pointers, which puts her alone in sixth place on the career Blue Dragon list. … With six assists on Wednesday, sophomore Inja Butina now has 285 career assists, which seventh on the career list. She two assists shy of moving past Jenny Whetstone (1988-90) into sixth place.

(HCC Sports Information)


NO. 2 BLUE DRAGONS START RIVALRY WEEK WITH BUTLER WEDNESDAY AT ARENA

Basketball - Men | 12.06.16

When the discussion of top Jayhawk Conference rivalry’s come up the two most mentioned are Hutchinson-Butler and Hutchinson-Barton.

To close out the first semester of the 2016-17 season, the No. 2-ranked Blue Dragons will see both this week beginning with the Grizzlies at the Sports Arena.

Hutchinson and Butler will tangle for the 185th time at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the first of two meetings this season. The Blue Dragons then close out the first semester with a road trip to No. 21 Barton at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in Great Bend.

NO. 2 HUTCHINSON MEN (11-0, 7-0) vs. BUTLER (7-3, 4-3)
When
: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Where: Hutchinson Sports Arena
Tipoff: 7:30 p.m.
Live Radio: KHUT-FM (102.9), KWBW-AM/FM (1450/98.5), 7:25 p.m.
Live Video: Blue Dragon Sports Network, 7:25 p.m.
Twitter: @bluedragonsport
Game Sponsor: Schafer, Johnson, Cox & Frey Architecture

The Blue Dragons jumped up five spots to No. 2 on Tuesday when the first regular-season NJCAA Division I rankings were released. Hutchinson is the only undefeated team remaining in the Jayhawk Conference, going into Wednesday with an 11-0 record and a 7-0 mark in league play.

Hutchinson comes off its most impressive victory of the season on Saturday when the Blue Dragons scored the most its they have in a Jayhawk Conference game in 21 years after a 116-75 win over No. 25 Garden City at the Sports Arena.

Hutchinson posted season highs for points scored, total field goals (48), shooting percentage (65.8 percent), assists (29), points in a half (66 in the second half) and field-goal percentage in a half (73.0 percent in the second half) against Garden City. Freshman J.J. Rhymes and sophomore James Conley both scored career highs to lead Hutch with 20 and 19 points, respectively.

The Blue Dragons lead the Jayhawk Conference in scoring average at 94.6 points per game. They are second in field-goal percentage at 51.1 percent and currently lead the league with 21.6 assists per game.

Rhymes and sophomore Samajae Haynes-Jones lead the Blue Dragons in scoring at 15.6 and 15.4 points per game, respectively. Sophomore Shakur Juiston is at 14.5 points and a team-high 10.5 rebounds per game.

Defensively, the Blue Dragons are allowing 70.1 points and 37.0 percent shooting.

Butler comes in with a potent offense which ranks fourth in the Jayhawk at 90.0 points per game. The Grizzlies shoot 40.3 percent and 40.3 percent from 3-point range. Butler is averaging 9.6 made 3s per game.

LaJuan Hardy is Butler’s leading scorer at 15.6 points per game. He is shooting 51.1 from long range. Wil Adler is shooting 50.8 percent from 3-point range and averages 13.5 points per game. Jacolby Harris is at 13.3 points per game and Johnathan Lindsey is at 12.3 points per game.

Defensively the Grizzlies average 79.7 points per game, allowing opponents to shoot 47.0 percent from the field.

Hutchinson owns a 119-65 all-time series advantage over the Grizzlies.

(HCC Sports Information)


NO. 10 HUTCH WOMEN FACE NO. 21 BUTLER ON WEDNESDAY AT ARENA

Basketball - Women | 12.06.16

The No. 10 ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team will face their second nationally ranked opponent on Wednesday when the No. 21 Butler Grizzlies come to the Sports Arena for a 5:30 p.m. Jayhawk Conference battle.

Hutchinson’s only loss of the season came at No. 20 Seward County when the Blue Dragons dropped an overtime 77-70 decision in Liberal. The Saints vaulted to No. 8 in this week’s rankings.

The Blue Dragons (8-1, 6-1 Jayhawk) enter Wednesday’s clash on a six-game winning streak after a decisive 85-54 victory over Garden City on Saturday at the Sports Arena. Kirea Rogers had her second-straight 19-point, seven rebound performance and the Blue Dragons shot better than 52 percent while forcing 28 Broncbusters turnovers.

NO. 10 HUTCHINSON WOMEN (8-1, 6-1) vs. NO. 21 BUTLER (8-2, 6-2)
When: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Where: Hutchinson Sports Arena
Tipoff: 5:30 p.m.
Live Radio: KHUT-FM (102.9), KWBW-AM/FM (1450/98.5), 5:25 p.m.
Live Video: Blue Dragon Sports Network, 5:25 p.m.
Twitter: @bluedragonsport
Game Sponsor: Schafer, Johnson, Cox & Frey Architecture

Butler (8-2, 6-2) rides a five-game winning streak into Wednesday. The Grizzlies rolled by Dodge City on Saturday 87-52, getting 19 points from Kendriana Washington and 16 from Raven Prince. Butler shot better than 56 percent and also forced 28 turnovers in the game.

Hutchinson and Butler are the Nos. 2 and 3 teams in the Jayhawk at forcing turnovers. The Dragons are forcing 26.6 turnovers per game while Butler is at 22.9 turnovers forced per game.

Those numbers project to Hutchinson leading the Jayhawk in scoring defense at 49.2 points per game, while Butler is No. 3 at 51.4 points per game.

Taylor Stahly continues to lead the Blue Dragons in scoring at 13.1 points per game and is shooting 48.3 percent from 3-point range. She is currently tied for sixth on HCC’s career 3-point chart with Jamie Patrick at 132.

Kirea Rogers is scoring 13.6 points per game and is shooting 52.4 percent from the floor to lead a Blue Dragon offense that is averaging 82.8 points per game and is shooting 44.9 percent overall and 40.1 percent from distance.

Dakota Vann is Butler’s leading scorer at 15.3 points per game. Vann is shooting 53.2 percent from the floor and shoots right at 83 percent from the foul line. Washington averages 12.5 points and Prince averages 11.5 points for the Grizzlies, who average 75.5 points per game while shooting 43.5 percent.  The Grizzlies have a plus-14.1 rebounding average.

Wednesday opens a key two-game stretch for the Blue Dragons before the Blue Dragons go on Christmas break. Hutchinson travels to Barton on Saturday before traveling to Las Vegas for the CSN Holiday Classic to play USU-Eastern Utah and Snow College on December 27 and 28 before returning to the Sports Arena on January 3 to take on No. 25 Cowley College.

(HCC Sports Information)


HUTCH WOMEN NO. 10 IN NJCAA RANKINGS

Basketball - Women | 12.06.16

The Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team found a spot in the NJCAA Top 10 for the 68th time in the last 70 releases on Tuesday as the Blue Dragons were No. 10 in the first Division I regular-season poll of 2016-17 released on Tuesday.

The Blue Dragons are 8-1 with four games remaining in the first semester schedule.

Hutchinson will play host to No. 21 Butler at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Sports Arena. Hutch plays at Barton on Saturday then then travels to Las Vegas on December 27 and 28 to play USU-Eastern Utah and Snow College before opening the second semester at the Sports Arena on Jan. 3 vs. No. 25 Cowley.

The Blue Dragons dropped one spot from their preseason ranking of No. 9. Seward County, the only team to defeat Hutchinson this season (77-70 in overtime on Nov. 12 at Liberal), is No. 8.

Gulf Coast State remains the No. 1 team in the nation, but Odessa comes in at No. 2 after not being ranked in the preseason poll. Chipola, Shelton State and Trinity Valley round out the Top 5.

In addition to the run of Top 10 national rankings, the Blue Dragons have been a part of 77 consecutive and 89 of the last 92 ranking releases.

(HCC Sports Information)

NJCAA DIVISION I WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RANKINGS
                                                               Record    Last Week

  1. Gulf Coast State                             11-0                1
  2. Odessa                                            10-0              NR
  3. Chipola                                              9-0                7
  4. Shelton State                                    9-0                4
  5. Trinity Valley                                      9-2                2
  6. Salt Lake                                           8-1                6
  7. New Mexico                                     10-3               3
  8. Seward County                                9-0               20
  9. South Plains                                   10-1              RV
10. Hutchinson                                       8-1               9
11. Tallahassee                                    10-1             NR
12. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M       9-1              10
13. Palm Beach State                           6-1              NR
14. Midland                                              7-3              11
15. Northwest Florida State                  8-2             12
16. Walters State                                    8-2               5
17. Harford                                             11-0             RV
18. Cochise                                             9-0             NR
19. Pensacola State                             11-1            NR
20. South Georgia Tech                       10-1            RV
21. Butler                                                  8-2            NR
22. Tyler                                                    7-2             16
23. Iowa Western                                   8-3             25
24. Motlow State                                     9-2             NR
25. Cowley                                               9-2             17
     Others Receiving Votes: Jones County (5-0); Kilgore (9-1); Moberly Area (10-1); Northern Oklahoma Enid (9-2); Southern Idaho (6-4).
 


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