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Late rally falls short in 50-46 loss PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 11:50


Liberal’s Cameron Riley puts up a contested shot agains Garden City’s Carlos Acosta. Riley scored 11 points, and after building a six-point halftime lead, the Redskins fell 50-46. L&T photo/Earl Watt


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In their first meeting, a Liberal lull in the third quarter allowed Garden City to jump out to a huge lead that led to a 54-38 Redskin loss.

In Tuesday’s rematch, the Redskins again had a letdown in the third quarter that allowed the Buffaloes to erase a six-point halftime deficit, and even though Garden City was not able to pull away, they were able to hold off the Redskins late, and Liberal fell 50-46 on Senior Night in The Big House.

The Redskins continued to prefer shooting from the outside even though the success was limited. The Redskins made four of 17 three-point shots for 24 percent while the Buffaloes made six of 10 three point shots for 60 percent.

The Redskins dominated the second quarter, outscoring the Buffaloes 14-6 to take a 25-19 halftime lead.

But the third quarter woes continued for the Redskins, and Garden City flipped the script by outscoring Liberal 14-6 in the third to take a 33-31 lead into the fourth quarter.

Liberal had a chance to tie the game, but a basket was waved off after an offensive foul was called after the shot.

Those two points loomed heavy for the Redskins in the fourth when the Buffaloes built a six-point lead before the Redskins cut it back to two points on three straight possessions.

Even with eight missed free throws in the fourth quarter for the Buffaloes, the Redskins continued to try to shoot from the outside and missed three free throws of their own in the final period before falling 50-46.

“We took 11 more shots than they did,” Liberal coach Ryan Petty said. “It’s frustrating when you don’t win a game like that. They turned it over, and we weren’t able to convert. We didn’t shoot it well enough. We have to get the ball to the rim, and when we did we didn’t finish. If we had some of those possessions back where we shot threes, it could have been different.”

Even when the Redskins started to foul to try to save time and get Garden City to miss, the long-range shots were still the shot of preference.

“We tried to extend the game by fouling and did a good job of that,” Petty said. “But we fell in love with the three instead of trying to get the ball to the rim. We have to do a better job of that in those situations.”

But the bad third quarter proved to be too much.

“We had a bad quarter,” Petty said. “A lot of games we can only play three quarters. We missed some easy ones. It’s frustrating.”

Still, Petty said the season is not over.

“We’re not done,” he said. “I’d rather miss layups tonight than a week from now in the playoffs.”




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