Liberty suffers loss in rubber match with Staley

Javion Byers and the Liberty boys basketball team's three-game win streak comes to end. Byers is shown here at the William Jewell College Holiday Basketball Classic in December.

STALEY  After splitting two close contests with Staley earlier this year, Liberty boys basketball's 58-37 road loss in their Friday, Feb. 7, rubber match came as a bit of a surprise.

The Blue Jays (15-5, 4-3 Suburban Red) were unable to create enough offense to keep up with the Falcons (16-4, 7-1). Senior forward Grant Stubbs and junior guard Javion Byers each scored a team-high 10 points. The next closest scorer, Grant’s brother Luke Stubbs, only had 5 points.

The Falcons, whose only blemish in conference play was their 54-48 loss to Liberty on Jan. 7, had 10 offensive boards on the way to outrebounding the Blue Jays 31-21. Staley only won the turnover battle by one, but Liberty’s 16 miscues led to 11 steals that allowed the Falcons to score in transition.

Staley senior Byron Alexander and junior Jamaal Davis combined for 28 points on 10 of 14 field goals and 8 of 10 free throws. Freshman Kyan Evans added 11 points as he shot 3 of 6 on 3-pointers and 2 of 5 from the free-throw line.

Liberty’s loss ends a three-game win streak where the Blue Jays outscored their opponents by an average of 13.3 points per game.

Liberty will host Park Hill South at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Sports Writer Mac Moore can be reached at 389-6643 or mac.moore@mycouriertribune.com.

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