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basket 1Malcolm Wiltshire puts up a shot against Great Bend Saturday.Wiltshire hit a key three in the fourth quarter to secure a 54-50 win for the Redskins. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT • Leader &Times

 

Liberal trailed Great Bend by four at half, but the Redskins rallied in the second half, and a key three pointer by Malcolm Wiltshire and clutch free throws in the final seconds led to a 54-50 win for the Redskins. Liberal relied on the deep shot early to keep the game close. Embry Williams hit two three pointers for Liberal’s first six points, and Alex Lopez added another to give the Redskins an 11-10 lead in the first quarter until the Panthers reeled off six straight points, and Liberal trailed 16-13 at the end of the first quarter. Neither team established a rhythm in the second quarter, and the Redskins only managed to score eight points in the period — a three and a two-point basket from Lopez, an a basket and foul shot from AJ Ramirez. Greta Bend put up nine in the period to take a 25-21 lead over the Redskins into the break. But the Redskins came out hot in the third quarter and took a 29-28 lead in the first two minutes of the second half.

The lead changed hands five times in the third quarter while the two teams traded baskets, but after Great Bend built back to a 37-33 lead with 3:21 to play in the third quarter, the Redskins outscored the Panthers 7-2 the rest of the period including a late three from Williams, and the Redskins had a 42-39 lead.

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Wiltshire started the fourth with a basket, and after a put-back shot from Shay Kerr, Liberal had a 46-41 lead. Great Bend cut the lead to two with 2:40 to play after a three pointer and had a chance to tie at the line before missing the front end of a one-and-one. Wiltshire pushed the leas to five with 1:46 to play with a corner three, and the redskins could have extended the lead but missed three consecutive free throws before Williams hit a charity shot to push the lead to six with 28.9 second to play.

Liberal added five more free throws in the final 24.9 seconds, and Great Bend connected on a buzzer-beating three for the 54-50 final. Williams led the Redskins with 17 points. Wiltshire scored 12, and Lopez added eight. Liberal (6-12) hosts Garden City (9-6) tonight.

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