Marshall Boys Basketball Vies for First Ever Liberty Crown
Coming off of semifinal win over Fairfax, Statesmen squad looks to make school history against McLean.
- February 15, 2013
The senior duo of Connor Barrand and Grant Leibow combined to score 34 points against Fairfax on Wednesday enroute to a 63-55 overtime victory — earning them a spot in Friday's Liberty District Championship Game against McLean.
The Marshall Statesmen will attempt Friday to win their first ever Liberty District Championship.
Marshall (16-7, 11-5 Liberty District) trailed from early in the second quarter until the final minutes of regulation. But Fairfax’s (11-13, 9-7 Liberty District) quest to return back to the district final for the second year in a row fell short.
Barrand’s put-back basket with under a minute left in regulation tied the game at 51 all. Senior forward Doug Turpin came up with a crucial block right before the buzzer to save the Statesmen in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.
Leibow scored 6 points in overtime to send Marshall to their third district final appearance in the last 15 years.
It was the second consecutive night in which the Statesmen overcame a second half deficit in postseason play.
GCM was led by Barrand with 18 points, followed by Leibow with 16 points on 8 of 8 shooting from the free-throw line. Turpin also finished with 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the Statesmen.
The Rebels were led by senior Zack Burnett with a game-high 20 points, followed by senior forward John Robic with 12 points.
Marshall will face the Highlanders of McLean on Friday for the third time this season — but this time, it will be for the district title.
The two teams split the season series, with McLean winning the first meeting 46-36 on Jan. 4 and Marshall returning the favor 45-39 on Jan. 29.
The game will start at 8 p.m. Friday at South Lakes High School.
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