Courtesy of Hutchinson CC Sports Information
Receiving votes in the latest NJCAA national rankings, the Hutchinson Community College men's basketball team opens Jayhawk Conference play on Saturday against a team that has played in the last two NJCAA National Tournaments.
The Blue Dragons (4-1) travel to play the Dodge City Conquistadors (2-4) at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the DC3 Student Events Center in Dodge City.
The game will be broadcast on the Blue Dragon Sports Network beginning at 2:45 p.m. Blue Dragon flagship station KHUT-FM (102.9) and sister stations KWBW-AM/FM (1450/98.5) will broadcast the game with Sean Boston (play-by-play) and Daren Dunn (color) calling the action at 2:45 p.m.
The Blue Dragons enter play coming off their first loss of the season last Saturday to now-No. 19 Northern-Oklahoma Tonkawa. The Blue Dragons trailed by as many as 21 points, but rallied to tie the game at 70-all. Dallas Whitney and Kamryn Thomas has 21 points each to pace the Blue Dragons.
Hutchinson is averaging 90.6 points per game and is much improved defensively so far in 2023-24, allowing 76.0 points per game. Thomas is the leading scorer for the Blue Dragons at 14.6 points per game. Hutchinson has five players averaging in double figures.
The Blue Dragons continue to close in on a milestone victory. The NJCAA all-time leader in men's basketball victories is two wins shy of 1,900 victories.
Dodge City is off to a slower-than-expected start at 2-4, but has won 2 of its last 3. The Conquistadors defeated McCook on the road 79-75 on Tuesday in McCook, Nebraska. Dodge City plays its home opener against the Blue Dragon on Saturday.
The Blue Dragons and Dodge City play the 193rd all-time meeting in a series that started in 1935. The Blue Dragons lead the all-time series 124-68.
The team split games last season, winning on each other's home court. Aaron Franklin hit two free throws with 0.4 seconds left on the clock, which gave the Blue Dragons a 113-112 win last December at Dodge City. The Conquistadors returned the favor with a 104-88 victory over the Blue Dragons at the Sports Arena in February.
Four of the last 5 meetings between Hutchinson and Dodge City have been one-possession outcomes.