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Redskins Rally Past Scott City

Brock Kappelmann - December 9, 2018 10:32 am

For the first time since 2007, the Liberal Redskins have defeated the Scott City Beavers in boys basketball.  In their first meeting since 2014, Liberal rallied from their dreadful mid-game offensive doldrums to shock Scott City 40-37 Saturday night at the Garden in Garden City as part of the Clarion Inn Roundball Classic.

The Redskins led 12-9 after one quarter and all was well for the Angry Red trying to bounce back from the first loss of the season the night before.  However, they only scored three points in the second quarter to trail 20-15 at the half.  The Beavers had used an 11-0 run to lead 20-12 before a Hunter Hatcher three pointer late in the half.  The Skins continued to struggle early in the second half falling behind 30-20 and trailed 30-22 after three.  Liberal scored only three points in about 15 minutes.  But the Redskins figured things out offensively just in time as Jordan Mendoza again sparked the Redskin offense.   Liberal finally took the lead at 37-35 with 1:35 to play.  The Beavers tied the game at 37-37 with 1:08 to go and Liberal reclaimed the lead with clutch free throws from Braxton Hyde with :47 seconds left.  Jordan Mendoza made one of two free throws with 9.8 seconds remaining to give Liberal a 40-37 lead.  Hyde stood with arms straight up guard Scott City’s game tying three point attempt which missed badly.

Mendoza scored 20 and was named to the all Clarion Roundball Classic Team.

Liberal is 4-1 and Scott City is 2-2.  The Redskins host the Perryton Rangers Friday night at about 7:45 in the Big House on 1270 and kscbnews.net.

 

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