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Liberty hoping to rebound this season

Friday, December 15, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty will look to bounce back this season from their 12-11 campaign from a year ago that left them with an underwhelming taste.

With head coach Chad Landis entering his 10th season at the helm, expectations are always high for the Hurricanes and this season, despite not having much varsity experience, doesn’t change Liberty’s goals.

“We graduated most of our offensive production from last year,” said Landis. “We will need all four of our seniors to take a big step up this year and lead this years team both on the floor and off. We will also need some of the younger guys to step up into supporting roles. Practice has been very competitive early in the season and we are looking for big things from our younger guys as the season progresses.”

Top players back for the ’Canes include 6-1 Sr. G Alex Serrano; 6-5 Sr. F/C Amadeus Cannon; 5-11 Jr. G Todd Erney 1.4 ppg; 6-3 So. F/C Will Harper; 6-0 Sr. G/F Jan Carlos Brito; 6-4 Sr. F/C Simeon Martinez and 5-9 Jr. G Nasir Legree.

Newcomers include 5-7 Jr. G Razelle Andrews and 6-5 Jr. F Alexandre Traca.

“Alex [Serrano] and Amadeus [Cannon] have the most returning experience,” said Landis. “We will need them to be solid on both ends of the floor, especially early, as we get the other players the experience they need to help them down the stretch run of the season.”

Liberty opened their EPC schedule on Tuesday against Easton and host Central Catholic on Friday night. The Hurricanes also play Pocono Mountain West on Sunday afternoon at 1:45pm at Whitehall in the Lehigh Valley Jamboree.

“We want to play in big games at the end of the season,” said Landis. “That looks a little different for each team, but we want to play in elimination games in February. We have a lot of work to get to that point, but the kids have done a great job so far working toward that.”