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Martinez’s Monster Night Pushes Skins Past Ulysses

Brock Kappelmann - December 3, 2022 12:19 am

Zayden Martinez scored 32 points and the Liberal Redskins won their opener 74-60 Friday night in Ulysses.  It’s the fifth straight year the Redskins have won their opener.  LHS erased a nine point third quarter deficit in their first meeting against the Tigers since 2014 and their first basketball trip for Ulysses since 2013.  Martinez 32 points is the most by a Redskin since Kace Vongsakda scored 32 points at Dodge City in 2018.

The Tigers took an early 11-5 lead before the Skins rallied to lead 14-13 after one quarter.  Two Martinez dunks helped the Angry Red lead 27-23.  But a 13-0 Ulysses run helped the Tigers build their biggest lead of nine at 36-27 early in the second half.  Liberal’s 28-7 run propelled the Skins to a 49-43 lead after three quarters.  Liberal led by as many as 16 at 73-57 on the way to the win.

Martinez scored 32 and Adan Mata scored 15.  Chris Robledo had 10.  Isaiah Almeida had nine.  Danzel Mendez had 20 for Ulysses and Carson Walker and Aden Alvarado had 12 a piece. 

Liberal plays at Scott City Friday at about 7:45 on 1270 and 92.3.


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