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Huge runs propel Lions to Regional Championship

By Michael Hogg

Frankfort, IN

In a game that was full of runs in the 2nd Game of the Frankfort Regional on Saturday Afternoon, it was a 12-0 run by Liberty Christian to close the 1st Half, that propelled them to the Championship game against Lafayette Central Catholic tonight at Case Arena.

The scoring got started when Seton Catholic’s Zach Rogers hit a baseline jumper to give the Cardinals the lead at 2-0 just 23 seconds into the game. Rogers added a pair of Free Throws to increase the lead to 4-0 with 6:20 left in the 1st Quarter.

The Lions, got on the board to cut the lead down to 1 at 4-3 when Trajan Dixon buried a 3 from the right wing off a nice pass from Isaiah Brees.

Dixon, squared things up 20 seconds later as he split a pair of Free Throws to tie the game up at 4-4.  After Rogers, hit a 3 from the top of the key, Dixon went on a 7 point run of his own to give Liberty Christian the lead at 9-7.

However, the run kept going with Joshua Tufts and Ronald Williams who had a Triple Double today with 15 points 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the win for the Lions. All told it was a 12-5 run for Liberty Christian to end the First as they led 16-12.

With the 2nd Quarter commencing, the Cardinals went on a run of their own to regain the lead briefly at 19-18 with the run being fueled by Nick Mathews and Rogers being responsible for the 7 pt outburst.

As it may be, Williams, said enough is enough, he hit a putback jumper to give the Lions the lead back at 20-19 which sparked a 12-0 run to regain the lead and from that point on Liberty Christian never looked back.

After the game Liberty Christian’s Coach Jason Chappell commented on his team’s performance, “We played in spurts and we didn’t play well. Seton beat us by 3 in the regular season. And our kids wanted it more.”

With the Lions ahead by 9 as the 3rd Quarter started Seton Catholic, was able to mount a mini-run to get the lead back to being manageable at 28-23 after a Sam Brenneke jumper that was on the line. Once again, Liberty Christian would have no part in letting the Cardinal try to creep back in as they went on a 15-6 run in the final 5:30 of the Quarter to put the game away for good after 3 with the Score being 43-29 in favor of the Lions.

Chappell concluded his post-game comments by adding, “What was crucial about the runs, we were able to execute. Sometimes the kids will get to happy to the point of playing sloppy.”

With the 65-48 win, the Lions will face Lafayette Central Catholic in tonight’s Championship game slated for 8 p.m. at Case Arena. The improve to 13-14 on the season. Seton Catholic finishes the season at 15-12.