(T-G Photo by Sara Davis)
Community struggled through the first three quarters of play, only accounting for 18 points, but then erupted for 18 in the final quarter of play.
Despite that strong push by the Vikings, the Patriots were able to hold on and counter the offensive with a 19-point final frame.
Liberty held a slim, 6-4 lead after one quarter of play, but hung a 16-spot on the board in the second quarter. Community's Jackson Wisener led his team with 15 points, going blow for blow against Liberty's Chris Houston, who also had 15.
But it was Liberty who was able to get just a little more offensive help than the Vikings to put the win away.
As a team, Liberty shot 16-of-31 attempts from the free throw line, while Community added a whopping 19-of-39 tries from the charity stripe.
In addition to Houston's 15 points, Luke Davidson added 10 and Logan Landers contributed nine.
Wisener got some help from his fellow Vikings, with Justin Richardson adding seven and Caleb Richardson banking four.
The Vikings return home on Monday to face the Eagleville Eagles while Liberty heads to Moore County. Both games will follow the respective girls games, which begin at 6 p.m.
Community 4 5 9 18 -- 36
Liberty 6 16 7 19 -- 45
Community: Jackson Wisener 15, Justin Richardson 7, Caleb Richardson 4, Tanner McClure 4, Braden Stephenson 3, Tatan Cagle 2, Wyatt Sobiek 1.
Liberty: Chris Houston 15, Luke Davidson 10, Logan Landers 9, Mike Sorcia 8, Hunter Lemmon 2, Will Davidson 2, Austin Presley 1, Austin Seibers 1.
3-Point Goals: Liberty (1): Landers 1; Community (1): Richardson 1.
Halftime score: Liberty 22, Community 9.