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LCRD Senior boys take district 2 tourney
The 2008 LCRD Senior boys All-Star basketball team with coach Sylvester Cooper and Tangy Johnson - photo by Photo provided.
The Liberty County Recreation Department senior boys basketball All-Star team won the Georgia Parks and Recreation Association District 2 basketball tournament Feb. 22 and 23.
Coached by Sylvester Cooper and assisted by Tangy Johnson the LCRD team took down two others teams during play in Douglas.
The first game was against Douglas and the first half proved to be a slight setback for the boys.
"Our fouls and turnovers really hurt us in the first half," Cooper said. "We had 13 fouls and 10 turnovers, however in the second half our defense got their groove back.
Cooper said his players cut their fouls to 9 and had only 4 turnovers in the second half, helping their team win 70-53 over Douglas.
"The entire team worked hard and came out in the second half with a totally different mindset," Johnson said. "They got 35 rebounds, 7 assists, 7 steals and five blocks and played their game," she added.
Henry Roberts led the scoring with 18 points. Paul Greene had 13 and Joseph Owens scored 11.
With that first victory behind, the Liberty boys set their sights on Brunswick.
The Liberty squad brought home the 2008 District 2 championship when they defeated Brunswick 73-66. Henry Roberts and Joseph Owen each scored 13 points. Paul Greene added 12 and Andre Holliday scored 11.
"This is an awesome feeling," Johnson said. "When you set a goal in your mind and in your heart and then watch the pieces come together. You know you have an outstanding group of young men and that makes every effort worthwhile."
Johnson said she hopes the team continues to make smart choices, crash the boards and practice the fundamentals of basketball and communication as they were preparing to face state playoffs this weekend in Effingham.

Other LCRD tournament scores
LCRD 2008 GRPA District tournament scores
Feb. 22, 2008
Junior boys
Douglas 64, LCRD 57
Liberty 46, Brunswick 23

Feb. 23, 2008
Mite boys
LCRD 39, Fort Stewart 14
Liberty 48, Wayne County 34
Girls championship game
Liberty 63, Fort Stewart 36
Mite boys championship game
LCRD 41, Douglas 34

Girls 9-10
Douglas 23, Liberty 14
Junior boys
Liberty 70, Fort Stewart 24
Junior boys championship game
Liberty 61, Douglas 33

The LCRD District 2 champions all advanced to the 2008 GRPA state basketball tournament this weekend.

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