By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
In a game that appeared to be an opening loss for the Redskins after trailing by 13 points in the fourth quarter, the Redskins rallied with four three-pointers in the final four minutes to earn a 61-60 win.
Three of those three-pointers landed in the final 27 seconds of the game. Two of those came from Osvaldo Villarreal and the other came from DeVondre Livingston.
William Ross was the key on the three-point barrage by penetrating the lane and kicking the ball out to the wide open Redskins who connected on the long-range shots for the rally.
“We dug ourselves a pretty big hole,” Liberal coach Drew Gruver said. “I took a time out down by 13. I told them there was plenty of time, don’t quit, keep rowing the boat. They didn’t give up, they kept playing hard.
Liberal forced some turnovers, and the Tigers struggled at the line down the stretch, only hitting five of their final 10 attempts.
That gave Villarreal a chance to become Mr. Clutch.
“I don’t remember in my career any two shots that are bigger than those that Osvaldo just hit,” Gruver said.
Liberal opened up on an 8-0 run, but after a Tiger time out, Guymon responded with a 10-0 run of their own.
The Tigers stretched out to a 10-point lead in the first half, and reached their highest lead with a 48-35 advantage in the fourth.
That’s when the Redskin rally started, and Liberal outscored Guymon 25-12 in the final six minutes of the game.
“We got some things to work on,” Gruver said. “We can’t let this win overshadow the things we did wrong. We have to get back to work and make ourselves better so we aren’t in this situation again.”
Livingston led the Redskins with 19 points. Kenlee West had 18, and Villarreal had nine.
Liberal (1-0) will host its home opener at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Lawton, Okla.