By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Liberal needed some wins in a bad way, and they Colby Orange and Black provided two.
After knocking off Hugoton Friday, Liberal dominated host Colby 67-36 to earn a fourth-place finish .
The Redskins continued to rely on the younger Redskins and use the more experience players off the bench.
The Eagles kept it close with the Redskins in the first quarter, but Liberal dominated in the second, having one of its highest outputs in a single quarter all season with 22 points.
By half, the Redskins built a 36-20 lead.
Liberal’s defense continued to put the clamps on Colby in the second half, and the Redskins were able to effectively execute Liberal coach Scott Hinkle’s offense to get points at the end of possessions.
Liberal built the lead to 52-30 by the end of the third quarter.
Still, the Redskins weren’t done.
After a frustrating start to the season, the Redskins continued to pour in points in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Eagles 15-6 and earning the 67-36 win.
Liberal won back-to-back games to close out the Orange and Black tournament with their only loss coming to Palmer Ridge who lost the championship game to Scott City, 71-57.
Hinkle used his bench often, and 10 Redskins scored.
Jared Hasik had his second double digit game in a row with 11 points.
Freshman Kylan Thomas also scored 11.
Blake Stout, Cade Hinkle and Hayden Coker each added eight.
Nolan Larkin and Deladrius Green each scored six.
Britton Abbott was on a football recruiting visit and did not play.
After a three-week road schedule, the Redskins will return to the Big House Friday night for the first time since Jan. 7.
The return will not be easy. Orange and Black tournament champion Scott City will be the Redskins’ opponent. Tip-off is scheduled to follow the girls game which starts at 6 p.m.