By The Collegian staff

The Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team kept pace with first-place Barton Community College, as the Blue Dragons beat Garden City Community College 92-82 on Wednesday at the Sports Arena.

Sophomore J.J. Rhymes scored 21 points, leading the Blue Dragons, who remain one game behind Barton and tied with Coffeyville for second place.

Three Blue Dragons had 19 points each, including Devonte Bandoo, Curtis Hollis and James Rojas.

The win wrapped up Hutchinson’s 52nd 20-win season, as the Blue Dragons now are 20-4 overall and 16-4 in conference play.

The Blue Dragons will have another home game on Saturday, as they welcome rivals Butler to the Sports Arena.

Women ice cold in loss – The Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team dug an early hole and never climbed out of it Wednesday, as the Blue Dragons suffered a 56-48 loss to Garden City Community College.

It was only the fifth time Garden City ever beat the Blue Dragons at the Sports Arena, and it was Garden City’s first win there since 2004.

Hutchinson scored just two first-quarter points and was behind 11-2. The Blue Dragons missed 12 of 13 shots in the first quarter.

Dejanae Roebuck led Hutch with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The loss dropped Hutchinson to 20-4 overall and 16-4 in the Jayhawk Conference. That puts the Blue Dragons in a three-way tie for second place with Cowley and Independence, and two games behind Seward County with six games remaining.

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