Liberty advances to summer semis
Summer league basketball can be defined in various ways in terms of importance for the upcoming season, but you'll never hear a coach be dissapointed in his team having more opportunities to play.
Liberty has that chance this week as they rolled into the semifinals of the Stellar Summer League at Cedar Beach.
The Hurricanes took on Dieruff in one of the semifinals, while Central Catholic and Emmaus battled in the other semifinal.
Liberty head coach Chad Landis didn't expect his team to be playing this late in the year, but takes it with open arms.
"You never know what to expect in the summer because you don't know which kids are going to come," he said. "We expected to make the playoffs, but you can never fully anticipate how far you're going to go after that. It's a good experience for our guys to extend their summer by one or two more games."
Liberty scored a 56-54 victory over Allen in the quarterfinals to advance to the semis, where they hope to pull the double on the Allentown schools, but knocking off a feisty Dieruff team would not be an easy task.
The Huskies defeated Bangor 55-42 to advance to play Liberty and have been one of the pleasant surprises of the summer.
"They've had a solid core of kids coming every week and they've been playing real well," said Landis. "We're going to be without a couple key guys, so it's going to be a tough matchup for us."
Liberty was expected to be without Chavon Williams, Greg Noack and KJ Williams to surely diminish their starting five, but also give other players an opportunity to shine.
"There will definitely be more shots to go around," Landis said. "We just need to play well and finish strong. We lost in the first round of the playoffs a year ago, so for us to improve upon that this year is a good sign."