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There are some key attributes that a basketball team needs to have in order to be good.
They include things such as size, speed, skill, smarts and heart.
E.C. Glass seemed to be in possession of all of these traits last Friday night. Putting it all together, the Hilltoppers outclassed Liberty on the M-Men's home court. The final score stood at E.C. Glass 66. Liberty 36.
It was the kind of game that you expect a team to quickly forget while moving on to other things.
It's doubtful, though, that the Hilltoppers are likely to forget this one. How can they? Does a woman forget how beautiful she looked on her wedding day? Or the beatific look of her first-born?
OK, that might be stretching it a bit. Still, Glass looked downright superb. Big man Karl Overstreet swatted shots away from the rim like a bear lording over a honey pot.
Najee Culver gave a clinic on how to employ quick hands. Daniel Bowling nailed a three pointer from six feet beyond the arc. That shot, which Bowling made in spite of having a hand squarely in his face, gave the 'Toppers a 13-point lead at halftime.
Rather than take their foot off the gas, the Glaziers opted to rev the engine some more, turning the third quarter into a runaway.
Overstreet opened the stanza with a putback, following that up with a statement dunk that drew appreciative gasps from the Glass fans that were in attendance.
Culver fed Overstreet with an alley-oop before driving through the Liberty gut for a bucket of his own.
Suddenly, the Glassmen had a 21 point lead on their way to handing Liberty its worst defeat of the year.
Darius McCoy led Liberty's scoring effort with 12, while Adam McKinney added nine.. Oddly enough, McCoy was the game's leading scorer, as Glass's offensive output was spread among 13 players. Bowling and Anderson led the way with 10 points, apiece.
In short, every aspect of the Hilltopper game was clicking against the Minutemen. That fact gives us pause to ask: How can these guys be in third place?
The suspicion is that they might not be there for long.
Liberty, meanwhile, stands at 2-3 in District play. The bright spot is that the M-Men are currently the top Div. 3 team in the Seminole and are still in the cat-bird's seat for picking up a #1 seeding for Regional play.
The other two Seminole teams that are in Division 3 are Rustburg and Brookville.
Rustburg has beaten Liberty, but fell to Brookville (Monday night, 57-55), while Liberty has beaten the Bees. So, every game ahead should be crucial.