Great Bend Panthers defeat the Dodge City Demons, 69-53

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GREAT BEND, Kan. (CIK) The Great Bend Panthers defeated the Dodge City Demons in a physical WAC game by a score of 69 to 53.

Great Bend Panther #10 Dalton Miller goes for layup in the second quarter. The Dodge City Panthers faced the Great Bend Panthers at Panther Field House in Great Bend High School in Great Bend, Kansas on February 15, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr,

The Western Athletic Conference game was also Great Bend's final home game of the season.

The first half seemed to be a battle of three pointers. Both teams combined for nine made triples off of 25 attempts.

Both teams played a close physical game. Great Bend lead at halftime 34 to 29.

Dodge City briefly regained the lead in the third quarter by one point. The Panthers took it back and started to build a solid lead from it. They built up the lead thanks to holding the Demons scoreless for five minutes.

In the third quarter, a play on the Dodge City end of the court resulted in a no-call by the officials. Dodge City Head Coach Tony Starnes felt that a foul should have been called. He made his case known to the refs but he ended up getting a warning instead of a call.

His criticism of the officials continued into the fourth quarter. A referee decided it was enough with 5:41 remaining in the game and called Coach Starnes for a Technical Foul. The coach did not sit down after being called for the technical. Before the second free throw could be taken, Coach Starnes was assessed another Technical Foul and ejected from the game.

By the end of the game, both teams were in the double bonus. The officials called a total of 45 fouls between both sides.

At the final whistle, Great Bend had their largest lead of the night with 16 points.

Alex Schremmer of Great Bend lead all scorers with 23 points. This was Schremmer's second 20-point plus game in a row. Dalton Miller contributed 16 points in the victory.

For Dodge City, John Johnson scored 18 points. He was followed by Adrian Mendoza with 14 and Noah Sowers with 12 points.

For the first time in over ten years, Great Bend defeated Dodge City twice in a season.

"It's tough in our league to beat anyone twice," said Great Bend Head Coach Tim Brooks. "Especially with the shooters Dodge has and the way they scrap on defense. Our guys did a really good job of sharing the basketball and getting stops when we needed to."

Great Bend will now head to Liberal for a quick turnaround Saturday matchup. Dodge City will face Liberal on Monday evening.