ARGYLE — Ryan and Liberty Christian are used to playing one another, and the rivalry continues to be a competitive yet friendly one. But things got chippy Tuesday in a wild game that saw the Raiders rally from six down with less than three minutes to play for a 56-54 win.
Trailing 53-47, Ryan outscored the Warriors 9-1 down the stretch. Tashawn Banks scored 13 points for Ryan, which had four players reach double figures. Jay Wilson and Tre Evans each scored 12 points. DeAngelo Williams had 11.
"I was extremely proud of the guys, especially in those last few minutes," Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet said. "They played with a great sense of urgency and we got the stops we really needed."
The chippiness stemmed mostly from Ryan's frustration through the first three quarters. Not only were the Raiders struggling to guard a hot-shooting Liberty Christian team, but they couldn't score and trailed for most of the game.
The Warriors (3-9) finished with 10 3-pointers -- four in the third quarter alone. Ty Baran scored 19 points while Grant Sawyer and Matthew Grigg finished with 13 and nine points, respectively.
"It all goes back to not being able to guard well," Overstreet said of his team's frustrations. "We gave them wide-open looks, and credit them for taking advantage. We'd have the momentum, but things like that would just give it right back."
Despite its hot shooting, Liberty only led by one point going into the final eight minutes. After falling behind by six, Ryan started its surge with a bucket from Joe Dickenson and back-to-back buckets from Williams to tie the game at 53.
Banks then stole the ball near the far sideline and was fouled while going in for a layup. He made both free throws with 1:12 left, and Evans added one more from the charity stripe to give Ryan a 56-53 lead with 36 seconds left.
Liberty trimmed the deficit to two but eventually turned the ball over with two seconds on the clock as it tried to wind time down in hopes of taking the last shot.
"We played really well in spurts, but we've got to get to a place where we are playing that way all the time," Liberty coach Charles Freet said.
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Ryan 56, Liberty Christian 54
Ryan (5-2) -- Tashawn Banks 13, Jay Wilson 12, Tre Evans 12, DeAngelo Williams 11, Joe Dickenson 7, Josh King-Walker 1.
Liberty Christian (3-9) -- Ty Baran 19, Grant Sawyer 13, Matthew Grigg 9, Colton Diehm 5, Skylar McCurry 5, Adam Johnson 3.