Liberty-Eylau roundballers race past Brahmas in Rader Dome, 84-41

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Liberty-Eylau jumped out on Paul Pewitt 14-0 Tuesday night at the Rader Dome against Paul Pewitt, and the Brahmas never got closer than 12 points.

The Leopards outscored their visitors every quarter, improving to 6-3 on the young season with an 84-41 victory.

Liberty-Eylau junior Kentriale Akins (2) scored 11 of his game-high 17 points in the second quarter, including three consecutive treys.

L-E coach Stasik Vaughn called his troops off in the fourth quarter, having his guards play keep away the final three minutes.

“I’m happy with 6-3, we’ve only had our footballers for four practices,” said Vaughn. “We did call them off there at the end. I know coach (Cedric) Dorsey well, and I’ve been on that side of the ball, too. I won’t try to embarrass anybody. It’s all about the kids.”

Post Javon Hunter (22) shoots a free throw during Tuesday’s L-E win over Paul Pewitt.

All 13 Leopards scored Tuesday night

Leading 17-5 at the first break, L-E poured it on in the second quarter with junior Kentriale Akins swishing three treys and scoring the Leopards’ first 11 points of the quarter. He finished with a game-high 17, playing less than 16 minutes. Talvevion Cooper scored 12, while sophomore Damion Henderson adding 11. All 13 L-E players in uniform scored.

Dylan Bouldin was the Brahmas’ only consistent weapon on offense with 15 points.

“Right now Akins is the shooter on our team; Isaiah Cross is just as good, but he’s got to get into basketball shape,” said Vaughn. “We play a fast-pace game, we’re going to get up and down the floor. Our plan is to send waves, five at a time. We did that the whole first half before settling down the final two quarters.

“We understand that there’s some taller teams on our schedule. We’ll send waves, and try to put pressure on those teams, hoping we can tire them out. Anytime you play those taller people, you just can’t give them three and four shots at the goal. If you do, you can’t beat them.”

The Leopards also won the junior varsity game, 57-19.

L-E will be back in action Thursday morning against Idabel, Okla., in the Gunslinger Shootout at New Boston High School.

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