Paced by 6-3 Davidson, Lions could fill tall order Liberty BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

December 04, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

In a county where height on the basketball court is hard to find, Liberty's boys basketball team considers itself fortunate to have five players who are 6 feet 3 or taller.

"We're bigger than we've been in a long time," said coach Scott Kohr. "But we need more quickness. We're going to have to win on aggressiveness, in-your-face defense and control on offense."

Kohr said he wants the Lions, coming off an 8-14 season, to run but not gun this season.

When the Lions do shoot, the player expected to produce most of the offense is 6-3 senior forward Mike Davidson.

Davidson led Carroll County last year with 16.3 points a game.

"Mike can go to the basket and create scoring opportunities when he has the ball," said Kohr. "We want him to score even more this year, but I'd really like to see all the starters score around 12 points or more."

The player whose job it will be to get Davidson the ball is senior point guard Ross Yastrzemsky, a three-sport star who is coming off an outstanding season as quarterback of the football team.

The 5-11 Yastrzemsky's strengths are reading the floor and finding the open man, Kohr said.

This season, Kohr would like Yastrzemsky to take more shots in the up-tempo offense in an attempt to take some pressure off Davidson.

In addition to Davidson, the big men for Liberty are Eric Priddy, a 6-3, 230-pound senior center who starred at tight end on the football team; 6-5 1/2 junior center Jake Gibson; 6-3 junior wing Joe Monar, and 6-3 junior forward Brian Trone.

The drawback for Gibson is that he weighs only 165 pounds and will be pushed around a lot. Kohr hopes that his tallest player will gain some weight before the end of the season.

Other players who are expected to help Liberty are juniors Josh Gursky, Chris Peay and Andy Thompson and senior Mike McGinnis.

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