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Redskins Rally Past Salina South

Brock Kappelmann - January 19, 2024 10:17 pm

It was an exuberant night for Liberal boys basketball.  The Redskins snapped a seven game losing streak with a 57-55 win over the Salina South Cougars at Salina South Friday night.  James Fieser buried a deep three pointer from the left wing with 10.5 seconds remaining to give the Redskins the 57-55 lead.  Brooks Kappelmann turned in a monster night with 19 points and 23 rebounds.  Liberal rallied from eight down, led by six with 2:37 to play, trailed twice by one in the last minute, and made two key defensive stops for the win.

The Cougars jumped out to leads of 11-4, 20-13, and 25-17 as the Cougars hit four of their first five three pointers in their home gym.  The Redskins rallied to tie the game 26-26 before trailing 32-26 at the half.  LHS led 33-32 with five minutes to play in the third.  South led 42-39 after three.  The Skins claimed a 48-44 lead on a Zayden Martinez basket with 4:15 to play.  LHS led 50-44.  The Angry Red led 52-46 with 2:37 to play.  Salina South used a four point play and a three pointer to take a 53-52 lead with 1:01 remaining.  A Brooks Kappelmann put back gave Liberal a 54-53 lead .  A guarded Salina South jumper gave the Cougars a 55-54 lead.  James Fieser drilled the left wing three with 10.5 seconds left.  Zayden Martinez slid over to block a lay up attempt for a stop.  Then with 2.8 seconds left, Martinez tipped a Salina South in bound pass into the arms of Beto Torres to seal Liberal’s first win since December 8.

Liberal won despite shooting 34 percent.  They were 3-10 from three point range.  Salina South was 7-17 from three.  SSHS was 5-10 at the foul line and Liberal was 12-20 at the charity stripe.

Kappelmann was Epic Touch Player of the Game.  Zayden Martinez had 13 points and seven rebounds.  James Fieser scored 10.

Liberal is 4-7 and Salina South is 0-9.  Liberal plays Salina Central Saturday at 2:30 on 1270 and 92.3.

 

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