STRONG NON-CON TESTS CONTINUE FOR HUTCH MEN

Head coach Steve Eck started his 12th campaign with the Blue Dragons on Monday. Opening Night is 32 days away.
Head coach Steve Eck and the Blue Dragon men head to Great Bend this weekend to meet Monroe College and Iowa Western in the Cougar Booster Club Classic in Great Bend.
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BLUE DRAGON MEN'S BASKETBALL

Cougar Booster Club Classic

Where: Barton Gym, Great Bend, KS

No. 7 Hutchinson (5-0) vs. Monroe College (2-0)
When: Friday, November 15
Tipoff: 3 p.m.
Radio: KHUT-FM (102.9), 2:50 p.m.
Video: Blue Dragon Sports Network, 2:50 p.m.
Twitter: @bluedragonsport

No. 7 Hutchinson vs. Iowa Western (4-2)
When: Saturday, November 16
Tipoff: 3 p.m.
Radio: KHUT-FM (102.9), 2:50 p.m.
Video: Blue Dragon Sports Network, 2:50 p.m.
Twitter: @bluedragonsport

Hutchinson CC sports Information

The Hutchinson Community College men's basketball team has reeled off five impressive wins to start the season. All five wins have been against competition with .500 records of above.

That trend will continue this weekend as the No. 7-ranked Blue Dragons square off against Monroe College on Friday and Iowa Western on Saturday in the Cougar Booster Club Classic in Great Bend. The Blue Dragons play both games at 3 p.m.

Both games will be broadcast live on Blue Dragon flagship station KHUT-FM (102.9) at 2:50 p.m. each day with Glen Grunwald (play-by-play), Steve Carpenter and Daren Dunn (color) calling the action. Both games will also be streamed on the Blue Dragon Sports Network at 2:50 p.m.

A balanced offense and stingy defense have been the secret to the Blue Dragons early success against a difficult non-conference schedule.

Five players scored in double figures and the Blue Dragons held NEO to 39 percent shooting in an 85-65 victory on Tuesday night at the Sports Arena. The Dragons led 56-52 with 8:30 to play in the second half and outscored the Golden Norsemen 29-13 down the stretch.

Saquan Singleton posted the fifth triple-double in team history with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Blue Dragons. Majok Kuath had a game-high 19 points. Josh Baker added 17, D.J. Mitchell 14 and Jaden Okon had 10.

Through five games, the Blue Dragons are averaging 89.9 points offensively and 63.2 points defensively. The have been at 50 percent shooting or better in 3 of 5 games and are hitting 43 percent from distance. Defensively, Hutch is allowing opponents to shoot 32.7 percent and just 25 percent from 3-point range.

Tyler Brown is Hutch's leading scorer at 15.2 points per game to lead five Blue Dragons in double figures. Baker is at 14.8 points, Singleton at 12.0 with Mitchell and Kuath at 10 points per game apiece.

Monroe is 2-0, scoring 99 point in each of their first two wins of the season against Monroe College-Bronx and Manor College.

The Mustangs are shooting 51.4 percent overall are led by Juan Felix Rodriguez, who is shooting 40 percent from distance and averaging 17.5 points per game. Jeremiah Kendall is averaging 16.5 points per game while shooting 71.4 percent. Three other Mustangs average 10.0 points per game.

A familiar face is in charge of the Iowa Western men's basketball program.

A former Blue Dragon men's assistant under Chad Wintz, Michael Johnette is in his fourth season with the Reivers after spending several seasons as an IWCC assistant for former head coach Jim Morris.

Johnette's Reivers are 4-2 with losses to Colby and State Fair. Iowa Western defeated Iowa Central 76-71 on Tuesday night in Council Bluffs.

Sophomore guard Caleb Huffman is Iowa Western's leading scorer at 18.4 points per game. Josiah Strong is at 16.3 points per contest.

The Reivers average 78.8 points offensively, shooting 45.0 percent. Defensively, Iowa Western allows 80.5 points.