For the first time since 2002, Guymon defeated Liberal in a boys high school basketball game breaking a 15 game losing skid to their neighbors to the northeast. Guymon used a 29-20 fourth quarter to beat Liberal 61-52 in what was otherwise a nip and tuck game. Liberal led 34-32 after three quarters and 20-17 at halftime. Liberal was plagued by turnovers and foul trouble. Tyson Deaton was whistled for his third foul and Jade Cathey had his second foul in the first quarter. Redskin coach Drew Gruver says LHS didn't follow to blueprint for victory in Guymon. "We had over 20 turnovers and if you turn it over more than 20 times, it's going to be tough to win no matter what," Gruver said. "I don't know if we let the referees get to us or what but we can't let that happen. We've got to control things that we can control. I think we got frustrated at times and I think it showed in the fourth quarter. We finally broke."
Guymon's leading scorer Trey Fankhauser nailed an early fourth quarter three pointer with 5:10 to play to make it 39-35 and it was never a one possession game again. Fankhauser scored 18 and Colter Headrick scored 13 on Guymon's senior night. Jade Cathey dropped in 17 points for Liberal while Tyson Deaton scored 10. Liberal falls to 9-8 as Guymon improves to 16-5. The Tigers play at Rolla tonight before hosting district against Woodward Saturday night. The Redskins host Great Bend Saturday night at about 7:45 on Talkradio 1270 and kscbnews.net.