Liverpool Basketball wins Sectional Title: Advances to State Playoffs Unblemished

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“Practice makes perfect”: a popular saying among basketball coaches.

It seems Liverpool Boys Basketball took them a little too literal..

The Warriors are 23-0 after a nail biting 67-63 win over the Nottingham Bulldogs in the sectional title game that took place in the Carrier Dome. It was a game of runs to start out after Liverpool went on a 13-0 run to take a 13 point lead in the  second quarter only to be matched with a 14-0 run to take a 1 point lead. However, it wouldn’t last for long as Kyle Butler drove down the court and hit a three right before the halftime buzzer.

The game was close from there on out, with neither team having a lead more than 5 until the final moments. Nottingham was led by Senior Jakiar Sanchez, who scored 17 points in his final game, and was awarded to the Section 3 All-Tournament team, to go along with Alan Willmes Jr, Argjend Imeri, Central Square’s Slade Springer, Bishop Ludden’s Joe Connor, and Charles Pride. The Bulldogs also had a scoring out burst from Freshman Mazi Jackson, who scored 16 including three free throws at the end of the game to pull them within three.

However when Kyle Butler-Gaffney was fouled with 4 seconds left, he went 1-2 from the line, giving the Warriors a four point lead and the section 3 title.

The Warriors were led by Charles Pride, who scored 25 of the Warriors 67 points in numerous ways. Maybe the most fun of his points to watch was his #SCTop10 worthy 3 from 35 feet to end the first quarter. It was one of his 6 threes, another that include a cross-over ‘and-1″ to get the four point play. Pride also had 11 rebounds and 4 assists to cap off his sectional playoff MVP performance.

To go along with Pride, Senior Alan Willmes Jr. scored 18, including 8 in the fourth quarter, to help the Warriors who were without fellow Senior, Nas Johnson, due to foul trouble for most of the fourth quarter.

Nas Johnson had 11,  including 9 in the first half,  2 of his points came from an emphatic fast break dunk that sent Liverpool’s student section into a frenzy. Johnson’s chase down blocks and insane dunks have fueled the Warriors when they were any type of drought all season long. The Senior, to go along with Pride, is in the 1,000 point club and has been on the team since he was a freshman.

Also getting in the scoring column was senior Noah Issakainen (4), Kyle Butler, and Jake Piseno (3).

The #2 State Ranked Warriors will travel to face Shenendehowa in Troy next Saturday to play in the regional game. The Warriors are looking to win their second straight regional title and advance to the state Final Four in hopes of winning the school’s first state championship.

 

 

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