2017 Game 4 Recap:  Monmouth-Roseville vs. Liberty

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Monmouth-Roseville Team Info
Liberty Team Info

Jamonny Skinner and Nick Kelley combined for 13 third quarter points as the Monmouth-Roseville Titans pulled away from the Liberty Eagles to win a first round Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament matchup Thursday.

Liberty (1-11) has played a difficult schedule this season, and today was no different as they faced the No. 4 seed. It was all Monmouth-Roseville early as it appeared the Titans would easily romp to victory. They forced eight Liberty turnovers in the first eight minutes, and went 6-for-6 from the line to grab a 19-7 lead.

Liberty was not going down without a fight. The Eagles scored 12 consecutive points, including eight from Jordan Neisen, eventually tying the game at 21 with still two minutes remaining in the second quarter. In all, Liberty enjoyed a 14-1 run to begin the quarter.

It would be all Monmouth-Roseville from there as the Titans held Liberty without a field goal for over six minutes. By the time Neisen finally hit another trey with four minutes to go in the third quarter, Monmouth-Roseville was ahead 41-23.

Both squads failed to connect on even a third of their field goal attempts. Monmouth-Roseville enjoyed a huge advantage in points off turnovers (26-6) and at the free throw line (74 percent to 48 percent). Skinner finished with 16 points, while Kelley had 15. They each collected four steals.

Liberty earned a strong advantage in rebounding (46-35) led by Neisen, who recorded eight boards to go with his 13 points. Landon Obert and Ryan Hedrick grabbed seven rebounds apiece.

Monmouth-Roseville will next play Camp Point Central in the quarterfinals Friday at 6:30. The West Central Conference rivals met a week ago with the Titans taking a 59-46 decision. Liberty will take on tournament newcomer Jacksonville in a consolation bracket game at 10:30 am.

Brian Sullivan
December 28, 2017
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