The Hutchinson Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kansas, recently witnessed Washington Dodge City’s storied basketball program as it competed for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Championship title.
The Conquistadors, coached by Kyle Campbell, have been a fixture in the NJCAA Division I tournament since its inception in 1953, as they have qualified 14 times and earned a total of five titles.
In this year’s tournament, Dodge City put on a show as they made an impressive run to the championship game. The Conquistadors surged to the title game after defeating Northwest Florida State in the quarterfinals, before falling just short of the crown with a loss to the South Plains College Texan team in the championship.
The Conquistadors’ defensive intensity was on full display throughout the tournament, as they held opponents to a mere 64.6 points per game, the second-lowest average in the tournament.
In addition to their defensive prowess, the Conquistadors also showcased their offensive capabilities. They were led by All-Tournament team selection and Offensive Player of the Year, Ryan Quigley, who averaged 16.5 points per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.
The Conquistadors also got solid production from their supporting cast, as four players averaged over 10 points per game throughout the tournament.
Dodge City has now set its sights on the 2021-22 season and will look to build on their success in Hutchinson. The Conquistadors hope to bring home their sixth NJCAA Championship title, as they continue to showcase their difficult and technical brand of basketball.