Liberty routs N. Carroll, 79-58 Boys basketball

January 20, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Liberty coach Scott Kohr said things came rather easily for his basketball team last night once it discovered how to play with a lead.

"We've been behind so much this season that we were still playing with that mentality in the third quarter, even though we had a seven-point lead," said Kohr. "I told them during our first timeout in the third quarter that what we were doing was OK. Just keep it up."

The Lions did that and a lot more against North Carroll, winning, 79-58, in a Central Maryland Conference game at Liberty.

They went on a 12-0 run over a five-minute stretch in the third quarter to surge ahead 51-34 and take the Panthers out of the game with 1:02 left in that period.

Josh Gursky, playing his second game since returning from a neck injury, and Mike Davidson (six points each) accounted for all 12 points in the game-breaking surge.

Davidson finished with 22 points and Gursky had 10, as he came off the bench for the second straight game.

All the Liberty baskets came on fast breaks against the reeling Panthers, who had trailed 33-32 with 1:17 left in the first half.

Liberty (4-9) improved to 1-2 in the Central Maryland Conference and 2-0 in the county.

North Carroll (3-10) fell to 0-4 in the CMC and 0-2 in the county.

"We just went south in the second half," said Panthers coach Troy Warehime, whose frustration peaked in the final minutes of the game, when he was called for two technicals.

"We weren't ready to play in the second half," said Warehime. "Our first-half effort was a carry-over from a strong performance against Damascus last Friday."

Warehime had the Panthers playing a slow offense in the first half, but they couldn't continue that pace once Liberty started began stealing and running with the ball.

"We started to throw the ball away in the second half," said Warehime. "We have to spread our offense out since we're playing without Mike Roberts [hyper-extended knee] and Steve Long [cyst on his hand that may need surgery]. I don't know when either one of them will be back."

Long had been North Carroll's top offensive threat before the cyst.

Last night, the Panthers were led by Keith Mayle, who had 20 points, most of them on a 14-for-15 effort at the free-throw line.

Kohr said the night was successful "because we got a lot of people a lot of playing time, and that will help for Friday night's South Carroll game."

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