Libertore Drops In School Record 51 in Leopards Win Over Dukes

Louisville 79, Marlington 62

The Louisville Leopards Boys Varsity Basketball Team earned a 79-62 win over the host Marlington Dukes at Marlington High School Friday Night. Beatty's Sports Grey Hoodie - Winter 2017With the victory, Louisville improves to 10-7 overall with a 9-2 mark in the NBC.

Chris Libertore awed the crowd by scoring a school record 51 points to lead the Leopards. Libertore scored 10 in the first quarter, 11 in the second quarter, was limited to 4 in the third quarter, and then exploded for 26 points in the final period. Bart Kaiser held the previous Leopards single game scoring record with 49 during an 88-56 road victory against the Oakwood Golden Raiders on January 15, 1971.

 

Libertore was lights out in shooting 70% from the field (16 of 23) and 67% from beyond the arch (6 of 9). He flushed home 4 three-pointers in the final period and helped put the game away by making 9 of 10 free throws to finish 93% (13 of 14) from the line for the game.


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His efforts helped the Leopards overcome a furious Dukes second half rally. Marlington’s Andrew Brady scored 15 of his team-high 25 points in the Grove Appliance Alliance Ohio Adfirst half, yet Louisville still held a comfortable 37-24 lead at the break. The Dukes stormed back to cut that deficit to 49-46 by the end of the third quarter and got to within 52-51 near the beginning of the fourth period.

However, the Leopards never surrendered their lead as Libertore willed Louisville to victory. The Leopards scored 30 points in the fourth quarter, the most under Head Coach Tom Siegfried eclipsing a 29 point first quarter against the Alliance Aviators on February 13, 2015. Jared Mathie scored 4 points in the final period, Libertore scored the rest.

Other leading scorers for the Leopards included Brody Hahn with 8 and Brandon Wahl with 7. Each made a pair of three-pointers as Louisville hit 10 shots from downtown as a team.

Outside of Brady’s 25, Marlington (7-8, 5-5) was led by Brock Himmelheber who ended his evening with 12. Drew Adams and Blane Himmelheber also scored 9 a piece.

With the victory, the Leopards have now won 6 of their last 7 games against the Dukes including the last 3 at MHS. Louisville now leads the all-time series 67-39 with a 30-20 mark in games played at Marlington.

UP NEXT: The Leopards will next host the Minerva Lions on Tuesday, February 7. JV will start at 6:00 PM and Varsity will follow around 7:30 PM.

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VARSITY STATISTICS

LEOPARDS 79, DUKES 62

LEOPARDS: Libertore 16 13-14 51, Hahn 3 0-0 8, Wahl 2 1-2 7, Hartline 2 1-2 5, Mathie 1 2-2 4, Zuppe 1 1-2 3, Hall 0 1-2 1. TOTAL 25 19-26 79.

3-Pointers (10): Libertore 6, Hahn 2, Wahl 2

Team FT: 19-26 73%

DUKES: Brady 10 5-6 25, Br. Himmelheber 4 3-5 12, Adams 3 1-1 9, Bl. Himmelheber 2 4-5 9, Cooley 1 1-2 4, Huberty 1 1-2 3. TOTAL 21 15-21 62.

3-Pointers (5): Adams 2, Cooley, Bl. Himmelheber, Br. Himmelheber

Team FT: 15-21 71%

Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

Louisville 21-16-12-30–79

Marlington 11-13-22-16–62

Fouls: 18-17 Louisville

Turnovers: 18-10 Marlington

Records: Louisville 10-7, 9-2; Marlington 7-8, 5-5

 

JV: Louisville 75, Marlington 42

The Leopards JV Team scored their highest output of the season during a 75-42 road win over the Dukes. With the victory, Louisville improves to 14-3 overall and remains unbeaten against the NBC at 11-0.

Colton Jones made 4 three-pointers in scoring a game-high 15 points to lead the Leopards. Davis Burick also made a pair of triples to finish with 14 and Allen Staley matched his 14 point total in canning 4 three-pointers for Louisville.

After taking a 14-10 lead at the end of eight minutes, the Leopards erupted for 30 points during the second quarter to take a commanding 44-21 halftime lead. Louisville continued to roll out of the locker room in outscoring Marlington 31-21 in the second half to take the game.

The Dukes were led by Austin Brady who scored a team-high 14 and Kaiden Bolyard who finished with 10. Both Mar Mason and Brendan Stinson added 6 each as well.

JV STATISTICS

LEOPARDS 75, DUKES 42

LEOPARDS: C. Jones 5 1-2 15, Burick 6 0-0 14, Staley 5 0-0 14, Hall 2 2-2 6, Wright 2 2-2 6, T. Jones 1 3-4 5, Gronow 1 1-2 4, King 2 0-0 4, McCarthey 2 0-0 4, Maracek 1 0-0 3. TOTAL 27 7-10 75.

3-Pointers (14): C. Jones 4, Staley 4, Burick 2, Wright 2, Gronow, Maracek

Team FT: 7-10 70%

DUKES: Brady 5 4-6 14, Bolyard 4 1-1 10, Mason 2 2-2 6, Stinson 2 2-2 6, Kackley 2 0-1 4, Cooley 0 2-2 2. TOTAL 15 11-14 42.

3-Pointers (1): Bolyard

Team FT: 11-14 79%

Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

Louisville 14-30-11-20–75

Marlington 10-11-10-11–42

Fouls: 14-11 Louisville

Turnovers: 16-9 Marlington

Records: Louisville 14-3, 11-0

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