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Sorcia keeps Pats on track

Thursday, December 6, 2012

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Logan Landers gets set to bring the defensive heat for the Patriots in their round one win over Westwood on Wednesday night.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
CHAPEL HILL -- With an offense that wasn't exactly on mark in the first quarter, the Liberty Patriots got a big boost from Mike Sorcia's rebounding abilities, as well as a pressure defense that forced several Westwood turnovers in the Patriots' round one win in the Duck River Valley Conference World Tournament on Wednesday night.

When it was all said and done, the Patriots left Chapel Hill with a 39-26 win and secured a spot in the semifinal round on Thursday night.

Early chances

Liberty got several early chances to pull ahead, but struggled to get the shots to fall.

After the first quarter, the Rockets held a slim, 9-7 advantage.

But Liberty found it's offensive clout in the second quarter and posted 14 points, including a free throw at the end of the quarter by Austin Seibers to put the Pats up 21-20 heading into the break.

With the offense continuing to struggle, Liberty's defense and rebounding ability proved to be the Rockets' downfall in the second half.

Sorcia dominates

Westwood was only able to muster up a meager six points in the final two quarters--a credit to Sorcia's work on the glass and the Pats' tenacious man-to-man defensive pressure.

With his presence inside the paint dominating the Rockets, Liberty was able to post 18 more points to close the game out and secure a trip to the semifinals.

One area of concern for the Patriots moving forward was their performance at the free throw line.

Liberty only managed to sink 7-of-16 attempts, a number which could hurt in the later rounds of the tournament.

Still, a win is a win and the Patriots advance to face No. 2 seeded Eagleville this evening.

Just last week, the Pats knocked off the Eagles on their home court with an impressive 44-29 win.

Defensive power

The Patriots hope to repeat that performance on Thursday night and earn a trip to the World Tournament championship game on Saturday evening.

In order for that to happen, Liberty will look to continue its strong defensive play. On Wednesday, the Pats didn't allow a single player on the Rockets' team six points.

Offensively, the Patriots saw big points from Luke Davidson, who banked a game-high 12 points, including a pair of treys.

Liberty looks to continue its recent successes on Thursday evening when the Pats tip off against Eagleville at 7:45.

Westwood 9 11 2 4 -- 26

Liberty 7 14 9 9 -- 39

Westwood: Carlos Medina 6, Sigmund Duke 6, Stephen Sullivan 5, Dusty Richardson 5, Zach Vaughn 4.

Liberty: Luke Davidson 12, Austin Seibers 8, Mike Sorcia 8, Logan Landers 7, Will Warner 4.

3-point goals: Liberty (2): Davidson 2.

Halftime score: Liberty 21, Westwood 20.