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Order restored; Broncbusters comeback to beat Neosho

Order restored; Broncbusters comeback to beat Neosho

The Garden City Broncbusters overcame a 13-point second-half deficit to beat the Neosho County Panthers 77 - 73 on Saturday.

Garden City led by as many as five points in the first half, but a 10-0 Neosho run late in the half gave the Panthers a six-point lead.

The Broncbusters trimmed it to three, but the Panthers hit a pair of free throws to lead 41 - 36 at halftime.

A couple of runs allowed Neosho to build a 13-point lead, 65 - 52, with just 8:23 left in the game. The Broncbusters then roared back, outscoring the Panthers 22 - 7 to re-take the lead at 74 - 72 with just 35 seconds to play. Jamar Gilbert delivered the trey that put GCCC back up for good. From there, it was just a matter of making free throws and Garden City hung on for the come-from-behind win.

Defense and free throw shooting made the difference down the stretch, as the Broncbusters made several key stops and woud finish hitting 18 of 23 from the charity stripe. The Panthers hit just 4 of 12 free throws in the second half, finishing 10 of 20 for the game. Garden City won the battle on the boards, 37 -29, led by Victor Dukes' 15 rebounds to go with 14 points. Four Broncbusters scored in double figures, including Josh Fleming with 14 and Aaron Ray and Jamar Gilbert each adding 13. Travon Bunch, 7-foot sophomore, led Neosho with 17 points.

Neosho County drops to 6-9, 3-8 in the Jayhawk, while Garden City improves to 11-4 and 7-4. Garden City's next game will against Colby on Wednesday.