Hill, Oakland Mills stop Liberty, 75-67

December 15, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

It was Michael Hill from 10 feet, Hill on the slam, Hill gliding to the basket for a layup and Hill from almost anywhere.

That was the scenario last night for Oakland Mills, which turned back pesky Liberty, 75-67, in a fast-paced game at Liberty.

When Hill was through for the night, he had scored 29 points in his second outing of the season.

Hill is averaging 24 points in two games after missing the first two games for the Scorpions (2-2) because he was ineligible.

Hill, a 6-foot-3 junior, hurt Liberty (1-3) badly in the third quarter when he scored 12 of his team's 16 points to fend off the final major challenge by the home team.

"We wanted to double down or even triple down on Hill all night but we couldn't stop him," said Liberty coach Scott Kohr. "When we did double- and triple-team him, it left someone else open to hurt us a lot."

Antoine Barnes (17 points) and Matt Tan (11 points) benefited from all the attention to Hill.

"One of the best things we did all night was getting the ball to Michael Hill," Oakland Mills coach Dave Appleby said. "We were a little rough around the edges, but we're getting there.

"You have to give Chris Sheldon a lot of credit for Hill getting all those points because Chris was setting most of the screens for him."

Appleby also liked the way Tan ran the offense and shot the ball from his point guard position.

"Matt and Antoine Barnes both had outstanding games. We're showing improvement, and that's what it's all about in December," he said.

Liberty played its best game of the season and might have kept it close to the end if center Josh Gursky had not been in foul trouble most of the evening.

Gursky, who does it all for the Lions, collected his second foul in the first three minutes of the game and missed approximately eight minutes.

Going in and out of the lineup seemed to bother Gursky's game and he never really got into the offense in the third and fourth quarters. Gursky scored all eight of his points in the first half.

"I don't know if we would have won if Josh hadn't been in foul trouble," said Kohr.

"But I know we would have made it interesting to the end without the foul problems for him. When he came back into the game in the second half we were playing catch-up and it was hard for him to get into the offense. We were going more for the outside shots."

Brian Trone scored 18 points to lead Liberty, Andy Thompson had 14, and Joe Monar contributed 12. Point guard Chris Peay had six points and seven rebounds.

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