By Mike Maltais
The Liberty Bell High School varsity boys’ basketball team broke open a third-quarter tie game to edge by Central Washington 2B North league rival Lake Roosevelt, 53-49, last Tuesday, then routed White Swan of the CW2B South division, 58-43, on Saturday.
Playing one of the most exciting, if not their best game so far this season, the Mountain Lions hosted Lake Roosevelt in a game that would determine the new leader of the CWB North. The win gave 4-2 Liberty Bell the top spot in the league and pushed the 2-2 Raiders down the ladder.
Lake Roosevelt took a slim lead through the first quarter and led by two points at halftime, 22-20. Led by four players in double figures, the Mountain Lions tied the game 34-all by the end of the third and outscored Lake Roosevelt by four points in the final quarter to secure the win and the league lead.
Liam Daily registered a double-double with16 points and 11 rebounds for Liberty Bell.
Sophomore Chance Garvin kept the Raiders in the game with 21 points.
Liberty Bell vs. Lake Roosevelt
LBHS 9 11 14 19 – 53
LR 10 12 12 15 – 49
Liam Daily 16-11-1-3
Jaymis Hanson 12-4-2-1
Austin Watson 11-6-1-1
Logan Szafas 10-10-0-0
Willy Duguay 3-0-0-1
Cesar Dominguez 1-3-0-1
Jorge Lara 0-4-1-1
The Mountain Lions took control of visiting White Swan early in the first quarter and stretched a five-point lead at the end of the period to 10 points at halftime.
Both teams returned to the floor with their shooting arms recharged but Liberty Bell managed to outscore the rebounding Cougars, 20-16, in the third quarter to extend the lead to 12 points.
Logan Szafas and Cesar Dominguez pumped in 15 and 14 points respectively as the Mountain Lions gradually pulled away to a 15-point victory.
LBHS vs. White Swan
LBHS 11 13 20 14 – 58
White Swan 6 10 16 1 – 43
Logan Szafas 15-6-1-2
Cesar Dominguez 14-4-3-0
Jaymis Hanson 11-7-2-2
Willy Duguay 6-3-1-0
Austin Watson 5-1-1-3
Jorge Lara 5-4-1-1
Liam Daily 2-8-4-3
The Mountain Lions will travel to Bridgeport to face the Mustangs Friday (Jan. 31) and will host the Manson Trojans Tuesday (Feb. 4) at 7:30 p.m.