Rockridge (8-3) gets the upper hand early
and holds back a charging Liberty Eagles team (9-4) by a score
of 59-53. The Rockets started absolutely red hot in this
contest, not missing a field goal until 6:24 left in the second
quarter. Rockridge led wire-to-wire and were up by as many
as 18, but Liberty closed the gap to just three points at 4:17
in the fourth quarter.
This hotly-contested game was very
physical, as evidenced by the 44 combined personal fouls.
Both teams shot exceptionally well in the first half.
Rockridge was 14-19 (74%) and Liberty was 10-19 (53%) in the
first half. The second half was a desolate one, however,
and each team couldn't get much going for field goals. The
teams were a combined 11-34 (32%) in the second half.
leading scorer was Nate Henry, who finished with 25 points on
8-15 shooting and 9-9 from the free throw line. Henry also
led the team with eight rebounds. Jenson Whiteman had 16
Liberty's Eagles were led by Breiton Klingele's
18 points on 7-13 shooting. Landon Obert added 13 points
of his own.
Rockridge advances to the tournament
semifinal Game 21 (tomorrow, 1:00pm) and will face
Abingdon-Avon. Liberty will begin their quest for 5th
place by playing in Game 19 (tomorrow, 9:00am) against