Gursky shoots down Hammond Boys basketball

December 18, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Josh Gursky had the shooting night of his life last night against Hammond High and he'll never forget it.

The reason is simple.

Gursky had never scored more than 11 points in a varsity game but he exploded for 28 points and carried Liberty High to a 67-60 victory over the Golden Bears at Liberty.

Gursky, a 6-foot-1 junior with a seven-point scoring average, went on unexpected scoring tears in the second and fourth quarters to lead the Lions (2-3) back from an early 13-1 deficit.

Gursky scored 11 points in the second quarter and 10 in the final period in an all-around display of shooting. He hit an uncanny assortment of 10- to 12-foot shots that Hammond seemed helpless to stop.

Gursky also hit 12 of 17 free throws for the Lions who held a big margin at the line -- 28 free throws to five for the visitors (1-2).

Gursky also chipped in with eight rebounds for the winners.

"I want to keep on shooting the ball like this," said Gursky. "Coach [Scott Kohr] told the team to get the ball to me at the post where I could do something with it and we did. It was a fantastic night for me. I know I'll always remember this."

Liberty's point guard Ross Yastrzemsky was superb at getting the ball in to Gursky with no-look passes that caught Hammond off guard.

Yastrzemsky finished with five assists. Mike Davidson added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners.

Davidson, the Lions' leading scorer, was still showing the effects of a sprained ankle that kept him out of one game.

Liberty's Kohr said he was pleased with the Lions' ball-handling and poise "until the fourth quarter."

"We got a little sloppy with the ball in the fourth quarter but our free-throw shooting carried us," said Kohr.

"We could be 4-1 now with a couple of breaks. I told the kids to get the ball to Gursky in the right place and he would put it in the

basket. I know it was a career night for him."

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