By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
Drew Gruver was not happy with the first minute of play from his Redskins.
And he let them know it.
Gruver took a time out and had a candid discussion with his team about their intensity.
The result was a 10-0 Liberal run with baskets by five different Redskins including Jade Cathey, Tyson Deaton, Bryan Morris, Kedrick Eyle and Kowan Russell.
“I thought we came out a little sluggish,” Gruver said. “I had to call a time out and get on our guys. I guess it worked. After that time out they picked up the intensity, and the pressure got to Guymon a little bit. We forced them to speed up and got some turnovers.”
The Redskins continued to outpace the Tigers in a 56-46 win.
And the game really wasn’t that close.
Liberal shot out to a 24-point lead at one point in the game before Guymon’s Trey Frankhouser tried to rally the Tigers. Frankhouser scored 28 points against the Redskins in the loss, 21 of those points in the second half.
“We fouled a lot and put them on the free throw line in the second half,” Gruver said. “We were being aggressive on the defensive end and that led to fouls. But we did a pretty good job all night, we just have to not foul as much. We didn’t rebound as well in the second half. If we rebound better we don’t foul as much.”
Jade Cathey continued to be an offensive juggernaut for the Redskins. Cathey forced turnovers and led the transition offense. Cathey electrified the crowd with a monster jam in the first half and missed another in the fourth quarter but was fouled. Cathey scored 16 to lead the Redskins.
Tyson Deaton stepped in to support Cathey by scoring 12.
“We’ve been talking about playing together as a team,” Gruver said. “Tyson knocked down some nice shots. When you play together and get other people involved it is a lot more fun to play.”
Kedrick Eyle also scored 12 for the Redskins.
Liberal will look for their second win in the Western Athletic Conference Friday during homecoming. The Hays Indians will make the trip to Liberal for the festivities.
“It will be a tough game,” Gruver said. “Hays is a good team. We are playing a little better as a team. We will have to come to play. Hays has been ranked most of the year. They won’t lay down, we will have to beat them.”