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Redskins can’t stop Hays in 74-56 loss PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 January 2018 10:55


Cameron RIley looks to make a pass Friday in Hays. RIley scored 11 points in a 74-56 loss. L&T photo/Earl Watt


• Leader & Times

HAYS — Liberal dug a deep hole early with missed shots and a lack of defense on the perimeter shooters form Hays, and by the time the Redskins were abel to get rolling on offense, it was too late, and the Redskins fell 74-56 tot he Indians in the first Western Athletic Conference game of the season.

Hays hit three three-point shots in the first six minutes of the game to spark a 14-2 start.

Tristen Bigham hit a shot later in the quarter to keep the Redskins within nine, cutting the Hays lead to 16-7, but the Indians scored six points in the final 40 seconds of the quarter including a buzzer-beating three by Tradgon McCrae, and Hays jumped out to a 22-7 lead.

Hays started the second quarter on a 7-1 run including another three-pointer, and the Redskins trailed by 21, 29-8.

The Redskins finally found some offense in the final three minutes of the first half with back-to-back baskets from Bigham and baskets from Jordan Mendoza, Lee Hatcher and Cameron Riley to cut the lead to 13, 32-19.

But Hays again ended the quarter with a pair of free throws and a buzzer beating shot from Kyler Koenke, and Liberal trailed 36-19 at the break.

Hays continued to land long-range shots to start the second half, and after four more in the third quarter, Hays had a 52-25 lead and only needed three points to enact the running clock.

The Redskins never let that happen. 

Liberal cut the lead to 22 with five straight points from Braxton Hyde in the final 48 seconds of the period, and Liberal trailed 56-34.

Liberal cut the lead down to 16 with 2:42 to play but couldn’t get any closer in the 74-56 loss.

Bigham led the Redskins with 18 points, and Riley had 11.

“We gave them opportunities to make buzzer beaters,” Liberal coach Ryan Petty said. “They hit us early, and we couldn’t make anything early. We missed a ton of lay-ups early, but by halftime we had seven turnovers and they scored 15 points off that. When we make turnovers, they are bad turnovers. That has happened all year and it happened again tonight.

But Petty appreciated the effort.

“There was no quit,” he said. “We had guys diving on the floor, flying around — the effort is there. The guys are going to fight, we just have to get better at basketball. That is what we will try to do.”

Liberal travels to Garden City Tuesday




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