LIBERTY, Ill. -- The Liberty boys basketball team extended its winning streak to 11 straight with a 54-32 victory over Quincy Notre Dame Friday night.
After a relatively stagnant first quarter, the Eagles (23-5) opened up on offense in the second quarter on the back of Breiton Klingele's seven points. Klingele led Liberty with 14 points, while five Eagles scored seven or more points.
"Right now, we have four players averaging right around 10 points," Liberty coach Greg Altmix said. "It's huge. You're going to have a guy that has an off night. The good news is we have players that can step up when they do."
The Eagles started the second quarter on an 8-0 run thanks to 3-pointers from Breiton Klingele and Ryan Hedrick as well as a pair of free throws from Nolton Klingele.
Two more layups from Breiton Klingele coupled with baskets from Jordan Neisen and Hedrick saw the Eagles take a 29-16 lead into halftime.
The Eagles dominated on the other end of the floor as well, forcing 20-plus turnovers and capitalizing on the Raiders' sloppy play.
"The guys understand that our offense starts on the defensive end," Altmix said. "When you have a team that buys in and wants to play defense, this is the type of result you get."
The Eagles didn't slow down in the second half, outscoring the Raiders 25-16 and forcing the Raiders (8-16) to take tough,?contested shots.
There were plenty of mistakes the Raiders need to clean up, as Liberty's 22-point win was the largest margin of victory in the history of the series against QND.
"We still have four games left to try and piece some things together," QND coach Kevin Meyer said. "We have to grow as we get ready for the postseason."
Not only did the Raiders struggle to take care of the ball, they struggled to score. Grant Hyer led the Raiders with 14 points but no other QND player had more than four points.
"It has to be a quick turnaround," Meyer said. "We'll figure out a lot about our character and our ability to bounce back tomorrow against a good (Jacksonville Routt) team."
Liberty 54, QND 32
Hyer 6 1-2 14, Gilliland 1 1-2 3, Hoyt 2 1-3 5, Wallingford 1 0-0 2, Jacobs 2 0-0 5, Schlipman 0 1-4 1. Totals 11 4-11 32
L. Obert 4 1-3 9, Neisen 3 1-2 8, Hessling 1 0-0 2, Wolf 1 0-1 2, B. Klingele 6 0-0 14, N. Klingele 3 4-6 10, Hedrick 2 2-2 7. Totals 20 8-14 54
QND 9 7 7 9--32
Liberty 13 16 13 12--54
3-point field goals--QND 2 (Hyer, Jacobs), Liberty 4 (Neisen, B. Klingele 2, Hedrick). Fouls--QND 16, Liberty 16. Fouled out--none.