The Cheyenne Mountain boys' basketball team shook off a first-quarter deficit and battled the Liberty Lancers throughout the second quarter and through the vast majority of the third. Then the Lancers caught fire.
Seniors Kyle Bohuslavsky and Moz Doria along with junior Sean Bohuslavsky led the Lancers on a 13-2 run to begin the fourth quarter, which enabled Liberty to cruise to an 87-66 win Thursday night.
In the waning moments of the third, Kyle found Doria on a long pass for an easy transition score. On the following Lancer possession, Sean nailed a buzzer-beater, a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc. It was still just 59-54 Lancers.
But the fast-break points continued into the fourth. Liberty went on a tear, scoring often in transition. Doria and Sean had 18 points apiece for Liberty. Kyle had 15. The Bohuslavsky boys had a combined 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a corner 3-pointer from Sean.
With just over five minutes left in the game, all of the sudden it was 72-56 Liberty.
“We just tried to run the transition game because that’s what we do best,” Sean said.
The game began smoothly for the Lancers, who, with good ball movement and a few early 3-pointers from senior Jacob Burns, had a 19-8 lead at the end of the first.
The Indians stormed back, capitalizing on some Lancer turnovers and hitting a trio of 3-pointers to close the gap. It was 35-31 at the half. Liberty coach Ivan Chambers said he made a few defensive adjustments after the Indians’ 3-pointers and was happy his team was up at the half.
“I think we’re where we want to be right now against a pretty good team,” Chambers said at halftime.
Chambers stressed the need for his team to stay disciplined offensively. They did that through a mostly back-and-forth third quarter before finally pulling away.
“Honestly we just knew the capability we had and we just played to our level, that’s pretty much it,” Doria said after the game.
The Lancers improved to 3-2 on the season and the Indians fell to 3-2.