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Boys' basketball: Lancers gain payback

By: justin shaw preps@gazette.com
January 28, 2014 Updated: January 28, 2014 at 11:15 pm
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photo - Pine Creek's Austin Meachum and Liberty's Cameron Mihaly fight for a rebound during the first half of a game at Pine Creek High School on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Pine Creek's Austin Meachum and Liberty's Cameron Mihaly fight for a rebound during the first half of a game at Pine Creek High School on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett) 

It was another boys' basketball instant classic Tuesday night at Pine Creek between District 20 rivals.

A year after Pine Creek won in double overtime at Liberty, the Lancers returned the favor with a 67-64 double-overtime victory on the Eagles' home floor.

The game featured a number of lead changes, as the teams took turns making runs. In the end, AJ Bohuslavsky's 33 points were the difference, as he controlled the tempo down the stretch.

"We stayed calm because we've been in this situation a couple of times before," Bohuslavsky said. "We always stay positive and keep pushing forward no matter what happened before. This is such a sweet win, and it's a bit of revenge for last year."

It was the fourth straight game Liberty (9-5, 3-0 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) has won by four points or fewer.

In the last week, the Lancers earned a two-point win at Fountain-Fort Carson, a four-point victory against Palmer and the triumph Tuesday.

"For the four seniors on our team, this was the last time they were going to get to play on this court, and they wanted to win this one," Liberty coach Ivan Chambers said. "We've won four games by 11 total points, and we'll take it. Of the 15 guys on our roster, 13 played JV or freshman ball last year, so it's a young team, but we're getting better each game."

Conversely, Pine Creek (7-10, 0-4) has lost four straight conference games by three points or fewer.

After Bohuslavsky put the Lancers ahead 52-50 late in regulation, Pine Creek's Joey Black tied the game with three seconds remaining.

Pine Creek took a 56-52 lead early in the first overtime, but ultimately couldn't find enough consistent scoring or defense in either overtime.

"This was the best atmosphere we've had for a game all season, and it was fun to play in, barring the loss," said Pine Creek senior David Bray, who scored a team-high 16 points. "We can get baskets when we need them, but getting defensive stops is our worst enemy. If one or two buckets went our way the last four games we could be 4-0 and on top of the conference."

Pine Creek coach Duke Stewart was happy with the effort, but was left shaking his head and looking for answers.

"We fought hard, but fighting hard isn't always enough to win you basketball games," Stewart said. "I wish I had a good answer as to why we went on a five-game winning streak and have now lost five straight since. We need more execution, better effort and more defense at the end of games."

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