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Liberty boys' pressure too much for Eagleville

Friday, November 30, 2012

Will Warner flies in and lays in an easy bucket after forcing an Eagle turnover in the second half of Thursday night's game. Warner was the game's high scorer, netting 13 points.
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After falling behind 17-11 to visiting Eagleville on Thursday night after one half of play, the Liberty Patriots had to make some halftime adjustments in order to get back in the game.

Those adjustments paid off as they were able to outscore the visiting Eagles 19-2 in the third quarter to break the game wide open and set up a chance to pick up a big win on homecoming night.

The Pats added 14 more in the fourth to put the game away and emerge with the 44-29 win to close the regular season on a high note.

Sluggish starts

While Liberty flexed the offensive muscle late, it was a struggle for both squads to establish an early momentum.

The key difference between the two halves for Liberty was an in your face, man-to-man pressure defense in the second half that forced several Eagleville turnovers, which led to points in transition for the Patriots.

In addition to a superb defensive effort in the second half, Liberty put three players into double digits while Eagleville didn't have a single player score above six points.

Liberty's Will Warner led all scorers with 13 points, nine of which came in the fourth quarter.

Strong support

He got some help from the Patriots' supporting roles as well. Mike Sorcia and Chris Houston helped the eighth grade guard with key points in the post.

Sorcia banked 12 while Houston added 10 to Liberty's winning efforts.

Eagleville was plagued with fouls in the second half, and the Patriots made the Eagles pay, cashing in on 11-of-21 tries from the line.

The bulk of the fouls picked up came from Liberty's continual attack in the paint.

Despite Eagleville's size in the post, Liberty continued to hammer away and eventually closed out the game with the win.

The Pats will look to carry the momentum into next week's world tournament, held in Chapel Hill at Forrest Middle School. Game times will be announced early next week.

Eagleville 9 8 2 10 -- 29

Liberty 5 6 19 14 -- 44

Eagleville: Joseph Sewell 6, Trent Mullins 5, Chavalier Sutton 4, Matthew Boyett 4, Ethan Cobb 3, Eric Hawks 3, Evan Rives 2, Austin Davenport 2.

Liberty: Will Warner 13, Mike Sorcia 12, Chris Houston 10, Austin Seibers 5, Logan Landers 4.

3-Point goals: Liberty (1): Warner 1.

Halftime score: Eagleville 17, Liberty 11.