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Wednesday, Jan 29 2014 11:03 PM

Bayne shoots Stockdale to victory past Liberty

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Liberty High's Braylin Scott, center, makes a nice drive between Stockdale defense Tyus Thompson, left, and Kiani Espiritu, right.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Stockdale High's Robbie Purdy, left, and Liberty High's Austin Caywood mix it up trying to gain ball control during Wednesday nights matchup at Stockdale High.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Liberty High's Aaron Marcus hustles to make a shot against Stockdale High during second quarter action Wednesday in Bakersfield.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    LIberty High's Bray Barnes is sandwiched between Stockdale's Christian Bayne, left, and Robbie Purdy as he works on getting two points.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Liberty High's Kyle Ferriera takes it to the hoop with this reverse layup against Stockdale High defenders.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Stockdale High's Christian Bayne makes a jumper against Liberty High Wednesday at Stockdale.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Liberty High's Tyson Brewer shoots above Stockdale High's Christian Bayne during first quarter action at Stockdale.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    After making a three pointer as the buzzer goes off in the final second of the first quarter Liberty's Kyle Ferriera is congratulated by teammate.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Stockdale High's Robbie Purdy goes underneath Liberty players including Leonard Herring as he stands in the way to block his shot.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Liberty High's Braylin Scott is fouled by Stockdale High's Robbie Purdy as Scott takes a jumper in game action.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Stockdale High's Christian Bayne, center, drives for a basket as Liberty High's Braylin Scott, left, and David Rodriguez defend under the basket Wednesday at Stockdale.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Stockdale High's Christian Bayne takes a jumper against Liberty's David Rodriguez, left, and teammate, Braylin Scott.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Liberty High's Bray Barnes gets up high for a nice shot over Stockdale High's Sam Ojeriahki at Stockdale.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Stockdale's Tucker Eenigenburg, right, tries for a steal Wednesday against Liberty High's Kyle Ferriera.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Stockdale's Robbie Purdy works on putting a shot up while Liberty High's defenders Leonard Herring, left, and Bray Barnes, right, try to block the shot Wednesday during first quarter action at Stockdale.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Stockdale's Chase Allmon tries to get a shot off while Liberty's Bray Barnes, left, and Leonard Herring put the pressure on under the boards Wednesday night at Stockdale.

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BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer zewing@bakersfield.com

It was all about aiming high for Christian Bayne and Stockdale's boys basketball team Wednesday night, and that's not a metaphor.

The senior broke out of a shooting slump by aiming high -- literally -- and he scored 27 points to lead the Mustangs to a 60-51 home victory against Liberty, drawing the teams even in the Southwest Yosemite League race.

"I got my shot back. ... It was all about my arc," said Bayne, who canned five 3-pointers. "I wasn't shooting the ball high enough. I worked out with my trainer and my dad, they pointed it out, so all credit to them."

Bayne's second 3-pointer gave Stockdale (14-4, 2-1 SWYL) a 20-18 lead at the 5:49 mark of the second quarter -- and the Mustangs never trailed again. Robbie Purdy, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Tucker Eenigenburg each followed with 3s of their own as part of a 15-2 run that gave Stockdale a double-digit lead.

"It's never safe," Bayne said. "We're always telling each other, 'It's 0-0, it's 0-0.' We always want to get the lead, go up by 10 points, 20 points, 25. People can score fast in this league."

Actually, that isn't one of Liberty's strong suits. The Patriots (14-5, 2-1), led by Kyle Ferreira's 22 points, pulled with six points on two occasions in the third quarter, but Stockdale answered on its next possession both times.

"That's our deal, and we know more about ourselves than anyone," Liberty coach A.J. Shearon said. "If we get down, it's going to be an uphill battle, because we just don't have the personnel to score a lot of points quickly."

Shearon hadn't tabulated final stats, but he said his team shot 7 for 37 in the first half from the floor. That ugly mark included several misses from close range and negated the fact that the Patriots had a big rebounding edge.

"We shot 16 more shots than them in the first half, but if you don't make them, it doesn't matter," Shearon said. "Look, if you're 7 for 37, you have no chance. We just say, 'Stockdale played well, they deserved it, and that's that.'"

Stockdale made eight 3-pointers in all, and back-to-back triples by Eenigenburg and Bayne pushed the lead out to 12 late in the third quarter. Liberty never seriously threatened down the stretch, a relief to a Mustangs team that watched Centennial rally for a 68-66 road victory at the buzzer Friday.

"We just came together," Bayne said. "We always work hard, but I think that loss made us work even harder. It motivated us, and we knew this was another big game."

Bray Barnes had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Liberty, but the Patriots never got closer than 7 in the final quarter.

Liberty and Stockdale are now tied for second place in the SWYL, one game behind 3-0 Centennial.

"We talked about it with this league," Shearon said. "If we win, celebrate for 30 minutes and move on. If we lose, be depressed for 30 minutes and then get ready for Independence on Friday."

 

 

 

 

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