Liberty goes far in tourney
Liberty made the deepest run over the weekend at the Cedar Beach Basketball showcase and its performance might be a preview of what is to come this winter.
The Hurricanes were one of the last teams alive in the big school division, losing to Reading in their final consolation round contest on Sunday to end their weekend tournament run.
Liberty went 4-2 throughout the duration of the event, which was better than Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom, which both lost the first two games of the tourney to get eliminated.
“I was thrilled with how we played,” said Landis. “I thought our older guys really competed and a couple of our younger kids really stepped up.”
Liberty lost its first contest of the tournament to eventual tournament champion Wilson West Lawn on Friday night but then registered wins over Becahi and Haverford on Saturday. The ‘Canes knocked off Lancaster Catholic, Emmaus and Northampton in Sunday’s action before losing their final game of the tourney to Reading.
The weekend gave Landis and company a chance to gauge where they’re at this point of the summer and an opportunity build some confidence and momentum heading into July.
“I thought we learned a lot about who we are right now and what we have to do to get better,” he said. “Anytime you play seven games in a weekend there are a lot of opportunities to improve. I think we did a good job of taking advantage of those opportunities this weekend.”
Freedom lost to Emmaus and Easton in both of its contest for an early exit from the tournament, as Joe Stellato’s team was mostly made up of JV players due to other commitments from some of his varsity core.
Bethlehem Catholic fell to Reading in its opener before seeing Liberty end its run.