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West Liberty-Salem boys ready for another test

Basketball

West Liberty-Salem’s boy basketball team has not let a disruptive preseason get in the way of a good start to the season.

Despite a late start because of the football team’s deep run in the playoffs, the Tigers are off to a 3-1 overall record and a 2-0 mark in the Ohio Heritage Conference.

WL-Salem hopes to keep its momentum rolling at Greeneview on Friday in OHC play.

On Tuesday, the Tigers rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit to beat Cedarville 50-47. That perseverance is something WL-Salem head coach Darrin Leichty hopes will be an ongoing trend.

“The Cedarville game was important for many reasons,” said head coach Darrin Leichty. “At halftime we didn’t talk about winning, we talked about moving forward and getting better as a team. The focus was about how hard we could play and how tough we could be at taking care of the basketball. Now the guys see results of what toughness and winning every possession is like.”

The Rams (2-3, 2-1) handled Springfield Catholic Central 71-56 on Tuesday and have been growing stronger on offense with 54 points per game this season.

“We need to make sure we cover their shooters,” said Leichty. “They have a lot of guys that look to shoot from the perimeter. Because of all the perimeter shots, there will be long rebounds. Getting them boxed out will be an absolute must. The last two games we have struggled to win the rebound battle.”

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