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Redskins get revenge with 56-42 win over Rangers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 10:35

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Liberal’s Tristen Bigham gets above Perryton’s Ryan Davis for a basket in the first half Tuesday in the Big House. Bigham scored nine of his 13 points in the third quarter to help the Redskins earn a 56-42 win.  L&T photo/Earl Watt

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

Liberal and Perryton split a rare back-to-back, home-and-home series that ended the 2017 portion of the season with a 41-39 road loss  for Liberal but opened the 2018 slate with a 56-42 Redskin win.

Liberal broke an early 8-8 tie with an 8-0 run late in the first quarter with back-to-back threes by Cameron Riley and Syris Dunlap that went along with two Dunlap free throws, and the Redskins had a 16-8 lead.

But Perryton responded with an 11-2 run that was capped with a driving basket from Ryan Davis that gave the Rangers a 19-18 lead.

But Lee Hatcher drained a three to put the Redskins back on top n the final minute of the half, and Bigham scored in the final five seconds to send the Redskins to the locker with a 23-21 lead at half.

But Perryton continued to keep the game close early in the third quarter, and Liberal had a slim three-point lead before they put together thir best run of the game. Liberal outscored Perryton 14-0 that included threes from Bigham and Riley, and the Redskins took a 43-26 lead.

Braxton Hyde came off the bench to add a three in the fourth quarter, and the Redskins were able to protect the lead at the free throw line, making nine of 16 attempts in the period, and the Redskins earned the 56-42 win.

Bigham and Lee Hatcher led the Redskins with 13 points each. Dunlap scored 10, and Riley had nine.

“We played a lot better tonight,” Liberal coach Ryan Petty said. “Especially in the third quarter. We challenged them at halftime to play faster. We played them full court, sped them up. They didn’t like a ton of pressure, and they turned it over a little bit and that led to some easy baskets for us.”

With the half court offense struggling, that helped the Redskins.

“We scored a lot in transition,” Petty said. “It’s so much easier to score in transition. We told them to run, and you will get open looks. It’s tough in the half court. You have to work to get open looks.”

While the Redskins had some areas of improvement, Petty said there were still areas that need to get better, like a lull in the second quarter that allowed Perryton to go on a 10-2 run.

“Since the summer, we go on droughts,” he said. “We go minutes at a time without scoring. That’s a combination of turnovers and not running the right play. During that stretch we turned it over, didn’t run offense very crisp, we missed some shots. We had to get the ball to the glass, and they took some charges. Someone had to make a play, and we hobbled into halftime and regrouped.”

Bigham scored nine of his 13 in the third quarter, answering the call to step up.

“Bigham played well tonight,” Petty said. “His ankle was bothering him before the break. That got healed up, and he scored. He was one of the only guys going to the offensive glass, and that spurred everyone else to get to the glass. Dunlap did a greta job guarding Griffin (Brosowske), I told Syris Griffin will enjoy not seeing him for another year.”

Going to Hays FRIDAY

Liberal (3-3) start the Western Athletic Conference portion of the schedule with a road trip to Hays Friday.

The Perryton win gave Petty some positives prior to the WAC opener.

“We ran our offense better,” he said. “We handled pressure a little better. We will have to do better Friday night. They will pressure us. We will have to take care of the basketball and make shots.”

 

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