Liberty Men's Basketball Head Coach Dale Layer has announced that senior forward Tomasz Gielo, redshirt junior guard Ethan Layer and junior guard Joe Retic will serve as the team co-captains for the 2014-15 season. The trio was selected by a team vote. "[Tomasz, Joe and Ethan] have all grown in their unselfishness and are thinking about the team first rather than themselves," Layer said. "I think our current players realize that and thought those were the guys they wanted to follow. I'm very excited about that because I think it is well deserved." Gielo enters this season coming off his best year at Liberty in 2013-14. The Poland native was the team's leader in rebounds with 5.9 rpg, while chipping in 10.9 ppg. Gielo posted a career-high 20 points on three occasions, doing so at home against Princeton (Jan. 4) and the Flames' pair of games against Longwood (Jan. 22 and Feb. 25). The senior enters the year with 640 career points, which ranks him 43rd on Liberty's all-time scoring list. Ethan Layer appeared in 19 games last season before missing the remainder of the season due to injury. Known for his three-point shooting, Layer posted a season-high six points, going 2-for-2 from three-point land, in a 77-59 win over Howard (Dec. 17). During Liberty's matchup with Princeton, the shooting guard hit a much-needed three-pointer that gave the Flames the lead with 2:54 remaining.
Retic looks to assume the role as the Flames' primary floor general after becoming the starting point guard toward the end of the 2013-14 season. Last year, Retic averaged 4.8 ppg while adding 2.6 assists per contest. Retic's breakout performance occurred in a road game against Furman, where he recorded a season-high 16 points.
The Flames begin the season inside the Vines Center on Nov. 14, playing host to fellow Hill City competitor Randolph College. Tipoff is slated for 8:30 p.m.
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