CHAMPION — The winner of the All-American Conference Blue Tier hinged on whoever won Saturday’s game between Champion and Liberty. In a back-and-forth battle, it was the Golden Flashes who came out on top, beating Liberty 62-54.
“I always say this when we play tough ones, but that’s about what we expected,” Champion coach Michael Cole said. “Anyone could’ve won today. They tried to impose their will, we tried to do what we do.
“I thought they did a nice job adjusting to some of the things that we did … We made a couple adjustments here and there and at the end we finally made some free throws which helps.”
Both Champion and Liberty are the No. 1 seeds in the upcoming area Division III sectional-district tournaments, Champion in the Lakeview District and Liberty in the Struthers District.
The Flashes came out hot for the first half of the opening quarter, proving to be a thorn in Liberty’s side. Coming into the game, Cole planned for the opposite to happen.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.