Sullivan County Democrat
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April 10, 2012 Issue
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Rob Potter | Democrat

Liberty’s Marshon Williams keeps his eyes focused up on the basket while shooting the basketball between SW defenders Mike Durkin (11) and Lucas Bauer during the fourth quarter of Friday night’s non-league game.

Liberty defeats SW in OCIAA Div. IV hoops

By Rob Potter
LAKE HUNTINGTON — The Liberty Indians recorded a 56-38 victory on Friday night over the host Sullivan West Bulldogs in an Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Division IV basketball game.
The score was tied at 2-2, 4-4 and 6-6 in the opening moments of the contest.
But with 3:39 remaining in the first quarter, Liberty’s Yovanni Fields scored inside the key and was fouled. Although he missed his free throw, Fields’ basket gave the Indians an 8-6 lead.
Liberty (4-11, 3-5 Div. IV) then held the advantage for the rest of the game.
The Indians pushed their lead into double digits at 23-13 when junior guard Eddie Byrd made a 3-point shot with 1:14 remaining in the second period.
Byrd made another shot from beyond the 19-foot, 9-inch arc midway through the third quarter to extend his team’s lead to 14 points at 35-21.
SW cut its deficit to 10 at 41-31 when Alex Manzi swished a 3-pointer with 6:18 left in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs drew to within nine at 43-34 when E.J. Franskevicz made a 3-point shot with 5:48 left.
But Liberty answered with an immediate 6-0 scoring run. Byrd, Marshon Williams and Eddie Soto scored baskets to give the Indians a 49-34 advantage with 4:26 to go.
Byrd, who made a trio of 3-pointers on the evening, led Liberty with 22 points. Teammate Joe Franke added six points.
“It was a good game,” Liberty Coach Jason Semo said. “It was a well-played game by both teams.”
Franskevicz led SW (1-16, 0-7 Div. IV) with 12 points and Lucas Bauer netted 10 points.
Alex Manzi and Mike Durkin added six points apiece for the Bulldogs.
“We were hoping to make it two wins in a row tonight,” said SW Coach Cliff Kelly, noting that his team recorded its first win of the season the night before against Port Jervis. “E.J. [Franskevicz] did a good job tonight by scoring 12 points. We played pretty good defense, but we didn’t generate enough offense. That has been the case for us all season.”
Note: The five SW senior players – Lucas Bauer, Mike Durkin, Chris Ellison, Andy Kinch and Alex Manzi – and senior cheerleader Irene LaGrutta and their parents were honored in a brief ceremony at halftime.

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