The Liberty Bell High School boys’ basketball team took first-quarter leads in each of its two games last week, but while the good start held up in a 57-50 win over Manson the Mountain Lions faded in the fourth quarter in a 57-45 loss to Bridgeport.
The results leave Liberty Bell with a 5-9 record in league play, 6-12 overall. Liberty Bell coach Kyle Acord described the results as “two competitive games for us with a good win against Manson.”
The Manson win on Jan. 28 was especially gratifying in that Liberty Bell lost by 2 points earlier in the season on the Trojans’ home court. Playing in their own gym, the Mountain Lions edged to a 12-11 first-quarter lead. In the second quarter, Manson claimed the lead at 20-19 before junior Dusty Patterson drilled a 3-point shot for Liberty Bell, and freshman Riley Lidey followed with a basket, giving the Mountain Lions a 26-20 margin at the half.
Midway through the third quarter, Liberty Bell built a 33-22 advantage as junior Nolan Falcon-George dropped in a 3-pointer. The quarter ended with the Mountain Lions ahead 37-29.
Then came the topsy-turvy fourth quarter. Liberty Bell built its lead to 15, 47-32, aided by another Falcon-George trey, and a basket-plus-foul shot by junior Lucaas Gonzalez Ortega.
Then Manson went on a torrid streak over the next few minutes, slicing the Liberty Bell to 53-50 with a little more than a minute left. A couple of Mountain Lion free throws upped the margin, and the game finished on a floor-length pass from Patterson to Lidey for the final points.
Gonzalez-Ortega led Liberty Bell’s scoring with 12 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds. Other double-figure scorers were Patterson with 11 and Falcon-George with 10 plus 8 rebounds.
The Mountain Lions started decisively against visiting Bridgeport on Friday (Jan. 31) for a 21-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. Liberty Bell would only score 24 more points in the final three quarters. Bridgeport scored the first 6 points of the second quarter and kept its momentum for 34-28 halftime lead.
The Mountain Lions regained their footing in the third quarter, holding the Mustangs to 4 points and climbing back within a point, 38-37, at the end of the quarter.
By the time Liberty Bell scored again, Bridgeport had bolted to a 48-37 lead and the Mountain Lions could not close the gap.
Junior Tyler Darwood was Liberty Bell’s leading scorer with 13 and made it a double-double with 12 rebounds. Patterson and Falcon-George each had 9 points, and Gonzalez-Ortega had 8 rebounds.
The Mountain Lions were at Soap Lake on Tuesday (Feb. 4). On Friday (Feb. 7), Liberty Bell hosts league-leading Lake Roosevelt in the final regular-season game.
Liberty Bell 57, Manson 50
Manson 11 9 9 21 50
LBHS 12 14 11 20 57
Riley Lidey 9, Magnus Treise 2, Nolan Falcon-George 10, Dusty Patterson 11, Lucaas Gonzalez-Ortega 12, Tyler Darwood 9, Shay Crandall 4
Bridgeport 57, Liberty Bell 45
Bridgeport 13 21 4 19 57
LBHS 21 7 9 8 45
Riley Lidey 4, Magnus Treise 4, Nolan Falcon-George 9, Dusty Patterson 9, Lucaas Gonzalez-Ortega 2, Tyler Darwood 13, Shay Crandall 4
Scoring through 18 games:
Nolan Falcon-George 211, Tyler Darwood 126, Dusty Patterson 120, Lucaas Gonzalez-Ortega 113, Shay Crandall 89, Riley Lidey 75, Deken Smith 52, Magnus Treise 51, Isaiah Stoothoff 45, Sawyer Crandall 24, Alex Whites 3