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Lee Hatcher scores 8 in final quarter to spark rally for 46-43 win PDF Print E-mail
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Lee Hatcher dribbles against a Alex Suppington Tueday in Guymon. Hatcher scored eight points in the fourth quarter to help rally the Redskins to a 46-43 win. L&T photo/Earl Watt

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

GUYMON, Okla. — After an early 4-3 lead, Liberal trailed the Guymon Tigers until the final two minutes of Tuesday’s Highway 54 showdown, and once the Redskins took the lead, they were able to hold on for a 46-43 win, the first win for head coach Ryan Petty.

Guymon used the deep ball to jump out to an early lead, connecting on three first quarter three pointers to take a 17-7 lead.

Liberal also used the three-point basket to get back into the game with deep shots form Cameron Riley and Tristen Bigham in the second quarter, and the Redskins cut Guymon’s lead to 19-15 with 5:32 to play in the first half.

Another Riley three tied the game at 22-22, but the Tigers scored the final bucket of the half for a 24-22 lead.

The Tigers started the second half on an 8-0 run, and a basket by Grayson Wallace pushed Guymon to a 36-24 lead with 2:35 to play in the third quarter.

Baskets by Braxton Hyde and Alex Arriaga cut Guymon’s lead to 39-31 at the end of the third quarter.

Hyde started the fourth with a free throw, Lee Hatcher scored back-to-back buckets, and Syris Dunlap scored to start the fourth quarter on a 7-0 Liberal run, and the Redskins were within a point, 39-38, with 5:38 to play.

Guymon added another basket to jump back to a three-point lead, but Hyde scored again, and the Tigers missed three straight free throws before Lee Hatcher connected on a basket to give the Redskins a 42-41 lead with 2:22 to play.

Lee Hatcher followed with a back-court steal for a lay-up, and the Redskins had a 44-41 lead with 1:52 to play.

Liberal had a chance at the line to put the game away, but Bigham missed four straight free throws before Riley knocked down a pair at the line that gave the Redskins a 46-41 lead with 12.8 seconds to play.

Guymon made a shot as time expired, and the Redskins escaped another tight game in Guymon with a 46-43 win.

Lee Hatcher’s eight points helped Liberal outscore the Tigers 15-4 in the fourth quarter and erase the eight-point Tiger lead.

Lee Hatcher finished the game with 12 points, and Riley scored 11. Bigham had nine.

As a team, Liberal was only 10 of 25 from the free throw line.

“We started like we were asleep,” Petty said. “We turned it on the second quarter quarter. Our zone got us back in the game. The guys kept battling all night long. I thought if we could get the lead we could hold on. We made a lot of mistakes, but we learned from those mistakes and were still able to win.”

Petty added that the man defense struggled until late in the game.

“Our guys really locked in and guarded late,” he said. “We started man and we weren’t guarding the basketball. We couldn’t guard them. Finally we locked in, got stops and that led to points in transition.”

Liberal (1-1) will host Borger and Hereford in the Conestoga Classic Friday and Saturday.

 

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