The Olentangy Liberty High School boys basketabll team used a big third quarter to roll past Delaware 69-39 on Tuesday in the first round of the Division I district tournament at Olentangy Orange.
The Olentangy Liberty High School boys basketball team used a big third quarter to roll past Delaware 69-39 on Tuesday in the first round of the Division I district tournament at Olentangy Orange.
Delaware, missing two starters, was outscored 22-4 in the third quarter. Liberty improved to 12-9 and will meet Upper Arlington in the second round Friday at Worthington Christian. Delaware finished 12-9.
The Pacers were without starters Patrick Kennedy (leg injury) and Dominic Cassan (suspension).
"We were missing two of our key players, so that definitely makes a difference," Delaware coach Larry Eberst said. "Every team I've ever coached, there's always one or two games throughout the year where you just don't play well. This team has not had that until tonight. We pulled every trick we had out of the hat and it wasn't there tonight."
Liberty used a balanced attack to open with a 13-2 run and never looked back. The Patriots were able to control the tempo and minimize turnovers to play one of their most complete games.
"You don't have to play great in the tournament, you just have to play good and play solid and that was our emphasis," Liberty coach Greg Nossaman said. "When we're scoring and the defense is there, that makes us a pretty good team."
Liberty led 31-23 at halftime and then really pulled away, taking a 53-27 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Matt Napier led Liberty with 12 points and six rebounds. He was one of 12 Patriots to score as they avenged a 55-45 loss from the regular season.
"We don't have one guy that averages 10 points or more. You really can't look at one guy and say you can shut him down," Nossaman said.
Point guard Tommy Waterwash' passing and penetration was tough on the Delaware defense all game. He had six points and seven assists.