Eagles overpower Lions, 73-55 Boys basketball

December 23, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Liberty boys basketball coach Scott Kohr knew his Lions would have their hands full last night with visiting Centennial.

Not having their top two leading scorers in Mike Davidson and Ross Yastrzemsky -- both of whom didn't dress because of an injury and illness -- didn't help.

The undermanned Lions stayed close for a half, but the Centennial duo of Damian Biggs and Seann Jones -- each scoring 20 points -- proved to be too much in the end as the Eagles went on to claim a 73-55 win.

The 16th-ranked Eagles improved to 5-1, while the injury-plagued Lions fell to 2-4.

"I thought we executed when we had to, and Sean Jones and Damien Biggss did a great job taking it to them," Centennial coach Jim Hillsaid.

A 15-point second quarter from Biggss helped give Centennial a 38-26 lead at the half. Biggss connected on three three-pointers in the quarter, including two straight midway through when the Lions pulled within six, 23-17.

A key stretch came at the start of the third quarter when Centennial -- leading 38-26 at the half -- failed to put any points on the board in its first nine possessions.

The Lions could only cut the lead to 38-31 with 2:53 remaining in the quarter.

"I thought we played a pretty good first half except for a few [Centennial] offensive boards. Our 1-3-1 [zone defense] did a pretty good job holding them to only 38 points in the half," said Liberty coach Scott Kohr.

"Then they really turned the tide late in the third after we had some chances to get close."

Centennial ended the quarter on a 15-3 run to put things out of reach at 53-34.

"No doubt the lid was on the basket for about five minutes during that stretch," Hill said.

"There was maybe a little luck at that point, but my main concern was our defense and getting our hands up. We know we have a lot of kids capable of putting the ball in the net."

The final score didn't seem very important after Lions forward Josh Gursky went down with what appeared to be a neck or back injury with 6:35 left.

Gursky was immobilized for more than 30 minutes before being flown via helicopter to the University Hospital Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. No report on his condition was immediately available.

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