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Riley’s 20 lifts Liberal over Borger PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 11:23

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Cameron Riley looks to make a move against a Borger defender Saturday in the Big House. Riley scored 20 points to lead the Redskins to a 60-56 win. L&T photo/Earl Watt

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

Liberal dominated Borger for a half during the Conestoga/Community Bank Classic finale, but they had to hod on late to earn a 60-56 win.

Cameron Riley set the tone early, connecting on two three-point shots in the first quarter, and Kris Workman added a pair of baskets to go along with scores from Syris Dunlap, Tucker Deaton and Tristen Bigham, and the Redskins built a 17-7 lead.

Liberal continued to score with ease in the second quarter, including 10 points from Bigham and threes form Riley and Lee Hatcher, and the Redskins built a 41-21 lead at the break.

But the offense went cold in the second half, and Borger started to heat up.

Borger drained two three pointers in the third quarter to spark a 13-9 run and cut Liberal’s lead to 50-34.

Liberal continued to struggle on both sides of the floor in the fourth quarter, and Borger went on a run, scoring on virtually every possession and slicing into the 16-point Liberal lead.

Liberal’s strongest ally in the final period became the clock. Riley scored six of Liberal’s 10 points in the fourth quarter, but Borger scored 22 before the final horn sounded while Liberal still had a four-point lead to earn the 60-56 win.

Liberal coach Ryan Petty said his team needs to learn the difference between paying with the lead and playing from behind.

“We played 96 minutes coming into tonight, and we trailed in 92 of them,” Petty said. “I told the guys that we needed to get out to a good start and we did, but we didn’t play the correct way when we were leading. You have an open look on a shot that you shouldn’t take when you are up by 15. When you are trailing and you have to catch up, you take that shot, but not when you are leading, and we were taking those shots.”

Petty thought his team played well to build the 20-point lead, but the second half letdown combined with 20 turnovers won’t lead to victories.

“I was not pleased,” he said. “We weren’t sharp in the second half at all. Their coach got after them, and they came out with intensity in the second half, and we didn’t match that at all.”

The win moved Liberal to 2-2 on the season. The Redskins will complete the 2017 portion of the schedule when they travel to Perryton Friday.

 

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