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Liberty’s plan to work inside pays off Brookfield

By Marc Weem-Tribune Chronicle, 12/09/17, 9:00AM EST

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BROOKFIELD — In a physical game Friday night that saw runs by both teams, Liberty came out on top on the road against Brookfield, 70-60.

In the first quarter, Brookfield (0-3, 0-1 All-American Conference Blue Tier) couldn’t stay in front of Liberty (1-2, 1-0). Liberty’s inside presence was felt early as center Ezell Brown scored 9 of the Leopards 19 first-quarter points. Liberty led 19-17 after the first quarter.

“The goal was to get the ball inside. One of the things that I wrote on the board in the locker room was about layups and free throws,” Liberty coach Chris Kohl said. “I told the guys that the 3-point shots would come. We wanted to focus on getting the ball inside.”

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All-American Conference

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.