By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Liberty boys basketball coach Andy Douglas won't question his team's toughness.
Not after Tuesday night.
Held to just one point in the fourth quarter and forced to go to three overtimes in the quarterfinals of the Winchester Tournament, the seventh-seeded Eagles outlasted upset-minded Central by going 6 of 6 from the free-throw line in the third OT for a 47-46 victory.
"We stepped up there when we were pretty exhausted both mentally and physically,'' said Liberty coach Andy Douglas. "Two of our better free-throw shooters came through.''
Michael Blewett and Isaac Murfin combined to make all six free throws in the final stanza.
However, Central's Douglas Weese hit a 3-pointer to cut the margin to one in the final 30 seconds and Central had a shot to win it from just inside 3-point range but the shot rattled long.
Weese led all scorers with 18 points, while Michael Mast and Murfin had 14 apiece for Liberty (9-5).
In the consolation bracket, Matthew Kennedy and Levi King finished with 12 points each to lead Griggsville-Perry to a 52-36 win over Brown County.
The Tornadoes were able to widen their lead in the third quarter as they outscored the Hornets 16-7 to build a 17-point advantage. Dryden Craven added 10 points for Griggsville-Perry (6-10)
Brady Long led the Hornets (2-9) with 12 points.
Pittsfield 64, Petersburg Porta 47: The Saukees jumped out to an early lead as Ethan Borrowman led the way with 11 first-half points.
Borrowman finished with 15 points, while Wayde Smith added 14 and Dylan Reel chipped in with 11.
Hannibal 68, Palmyra 63: The Pirates overcame a six-point halftime deficit behind the play of freshman forward Dalton Powell.
Powell scored seven of his 20 points in the third quarter as Hannibal tied the game at 48.
Powell's older brother, Dalton, finished with 21 points as the Pirates (4-10) outscored the Panthers 20-15 in the final frame.
Bazil Keller and Jordan Nutt led Palmyra with 16 and 15 points, respectively.
South Shelby 58, Louisiana 48: Leading by just two points after three quarters, the Cardinals were able to close out the victory in their Clarence Cannon Conference opener.
Andre McClure led South Shelby (9-3, 1-0 CCC) with 16 points. Cade Simpson added 14.
Mark Twain 52, Centralia 45: Mark Twain roared back from five points down late in the fourth quarter to grab a Clarence Cannon Conference victory.
Ethan Anderson and Austin Epperson scored in quick succession to cut the lead to one with under three minutes to play. Ethan Clark got the go-ahead basket on a fast break at the 2:30 mark for the Tigers (5-5, 1-0).
Macon 53, Monroe City 29: The Panthers were held to just nine points in the second half of a Clarence Cannon Conference road loss. Kyle Fulton led Monroe City with nine points.
Knox County 58, Marion County 51: Royce Poore scored 19 points and dished out six assists to lead the Eagles to the victory at home.
Kellen Gillaspy added 12 points and eight rebounds for Knox County (6-7).
Reed Plunkett led Marion County (7-3) with 15 points.