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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:23

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Liberal’s Kace Vongsakda puts up a three-point shot against Cimarron Tuesday in Cimarron. Vongsokda scored 16 points in a 44-39 win L&T photo/Earl Watt

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

CIMARRON — In a game that went back and forth for four quarters, the Liberal Redskins did just enough in the final minutes to secure a 44-39 win over the Cimarron Blue Jays Tuesday.

The Blue Jays relied heavily on 6-feet, 7-inch Jaylen Pickle to take advantage of the shorter Redskins, and he led Cimarron with 14 points.

That could have been more, except the Redskin defense of Ethan Hatcher, Syris Dunlap and Braxton Hyde reduced the number of touches for Pickle in the paint.

Dunlap took two charges from the larger Pickle in the first half, and Pickle had to head to the bench with three first half fouls midway through the second quarter.

Matt Mowry picked up the scoring for the Blue Jays with Pickle on the bench, scoring seven points in the second quarter. 

But the Redskins were able to balance the attack with Pickle on the bench, and Liberal took a 23-21 lead to the locker room.

Pickle returned to the line-up for the second half, and Dunlap appeared to have drawn his third charge on Pickle after he was dropped to the floor, but no foul was called, and Pickle scored six in the third quater.

Kace Vongsokda carried the load for the Redskins, scoring seven in the period, and the redskins were able to extend their lead to 36-31.

Cimarron was able to cut the lead to one possession several times in the fourth quarter, but the Redskins were abel to answer with baskets from Lee Hatcher, and Vongsokda made the front end of two one-and-ones in the final minute to preserve the 44-39 win.

Vongsokda led the redskins with 16 points, and Lee Hatcher had 12. Cameron Riley pitched in eight.

“I’m glad we won, but I didn’t think we played well at all,” Liberal coach Ryan Petty said. “We only scored 44 points and shot 37 percent.”

The game was a bruiser, with a lot of contact in the lane, but Petty said the Redskins have to be able to adjust.

“I thought we were playing football for a second,” he said. “We didn’t react well to the physicality of the game. We needed to get to the rim, and we did a better job of that in the second half. We went 2 of 15 from three, and you’re not going to win a lot of games shooting like that. We were fortunate enough to win, but we have to shoot better and finish around the rim better. “

Libral will look for its first Western Athletic Conference win Saturday when the Redskins travel to Great Bend, a team that beat Liberal by 10 in The Big House.

“If we are going to Great Bend and win Saturday, we are going to have to play a lot better than we did tonight,” Petty said.

 

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