The Liberty men's basketball team held a blue-white scrimmage, Monday, inside the Vines Center, allowing Flames fans to get a first glance at the 2014-15 squad.
In a tightly contested matchup, Tomasz Gielo led the blue crew with 27 points en route to a narrow 75-72 decision over the white team.
Along with Gielo, three other blue Flames finished with double-digit scoring figures – Andrew Smith (15), Peter Moller (15) and James Johnson (11). Moller also paced the blue team with a game-high seven assists. Smith and A.C. Reid each had nine rebounds.
Joe Retic and junior transfer Theo Johnson led the white squad with 19 points, followed by David Andoh and Ryan Kemrite, who chipped in 10 tallies, apiece. Andoh also had nine boards. Like Andoh, freshman Evan Maxwell finished with a near double-double, posting eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Along with his scoring effort, Retic also had six assists.
The blue team jumped out to an early 8-0 lead off three-pointers by Gielo and Moller, capped by a Smith jumper. Moller later made it a 10-point game with 14:33 remaining in the first half with his second three-ball of the contest.
The white squad gradually chipped away at the deficit and took the lead at 5:57 thanks to a Theo Johnson layup. The blue team regained the advantage exactly two minutes later with two Gielo free throws, ultimately leading to a 35-33 edge at halftime.
In the second half, the white team went on a 6-0 run cemented by a pair of Theo Johnson foul shots to lead 49-44 with 13:37 remaining. The blue team responded with an 18-3 surge, stamping it with a Gielo trifecta to take a 62-52 advantage at 7:18.
The white team rallied thanks in part to quality long-range shooting. An Andoh three-pointer gave the white team a 67-66 lead with 1:21 left on the clock. James Johnson answered with a layup 34 ticks later to put the blue squad ahead for good. With the white team forced to foul, the blue crew held on for the 75-72 final.
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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