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Redskins Rally Past Buffaloes in Double Overtime

Brock Kappelmann - February 24, 2021 7:28 am

Playing in there first multiple overtime game since 2016, the Liberal Redskins rallied from 11 down twice in the third quarter to beat the Garden City Buffaloes 68-63 in the Big House Tuesday night.  Liberal’s defense harassed the Buffaloes into 33 turnovers.

Liberal jumped out to a 13-10 lead after one quarter.  The Buffaloes used a 19-9 run to lead Liberal 29-22 in the second quarter before a twisting reverse put back by Izzy Garcia-Rotolo at the end of the first half made it 29-22 Garden City.  The Buffaloes bulled their way to leads of 35-24 and 37-26 in the third quarter.  The Redskins trimmed the GCHS lead to 39-34 after three.  Alex Lopez nailed a three to tie the game at 41-41 with 5:37 to play.  Liberal led 42-41 with 4:32 to play.  Liberal led 46-42 with 3:15 to play.  Garden City took a 48-46 lead.  AJ Ramirez knocked down two free throws with 26.9 seconds left to tie the game.  It went to overtime for Liberal’s second overtime game of the year (opeing 49-47 OT win at Colby) Liberal jumped ahead 54-50 with 1:31 to play in the first overtime but uncharacteristically missed 3-4 free throws down the stretch.  Garden tied tied it and send it to double OT tied at 55-55.  Lopez swished a right corner three to begin the second overtime.  His left corner three rimmed in to give LHS a 61-57 lead in double OT.  Liberal made 25-30 free throws on the night to hold the lead.

Embry Williams had 23 points and was 8-8 at the foul line.  AJ Ramirez and Alex Lopez had 14 a piece.

Liberal is 7-12 and 3-4 in the WAC and Garden finishes the regular season 9-7 and 3-5 in the WAC.  Liberal hosts Dodge City for Senior Night Thursday night at about 7:45 in the Big House on 1270 and  Liberal will play sub state at Dodge City Tuesday night at 7.


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