By Adam Kolb / Co-Sports Editor

The Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team took down the Allen Community College Red Devils on Saturday night at the Sports Arena by a score of 80-62.

The Red Devils started the game on a quick 10-2 run, but the Blue Dragons didn’t let the game get away from them, and had the game tied at 31 with 3 minutes left in the first half.

The score at halftime was 37-34, a three point advantage for the Blue Dragons. Matt Mayers and Majok Kuath both had eight points in the first half, which led the Blue Dragons in scoring. 

The second half was the turning point. Hutchinson outscored Allen 43-28, and at one point held a 23-point lead.

The Blue Dragons only shot one 3-pointer the entire game, missing it

What they lacked in a 3-point presence, they made up for in points in the paint. They outscored Allen 46-18 in points in the paint. The Blue Dragons had solid scoring all around with Stephan Gabriel leading the way with 20 points. He also added eight rebounds and two steals. Mayers finished with a double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Kuath had 14 points, and Isiah Bujdoso chipped in with nine points.

The Blue Dragons shot 55.8 percent for the game, compared to Allen’s 32.3 percent. The Red Devils drop to a 3-5 overall record, 2-5 in the Jayhawk East. The Blue Dragons improve to 5-2 overall, 4-2 in the Jayhawk West. The Blue Dragons will next play at Cowley on February 17.

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