Lisbon’s path to district glory begins tomorrow

LISBON, Ohio (WYTV) – In Chris Huckshold’s seven years as the head basketball coach at Lisbon – he has seen his program go from a club which was only able to accumulate 8 league wins in 28 tries during his first two years (2009-10 & 2010-11) to an ITCL powerhouse which has averaged 20 wins overall throughout the last three campaigns.

Tomorrow, the top seeded Blue Devils will host Jackson-Milton (0-22) in the Sectional opener with hopes of reaching the Regionals for the first time since 1953.

Over the last three years, Lisbon has posted a 31-6 home record. In their 12 losses overall during that time span, the Blue Devils have had nine setbacks by 9-points or less.

This season has been a culmination of the hard work that their senior class has put forth over the years. Four players have accumulated 1,000-points during their four-year career at Lisbon.

Lisbon’s 1000-point scorers
1.Austin Rutecki – 1495
2.Lucian Smith – 1439
3.Don Blair – 1285
4.Josh Craig – 1143
5.Zach Williams – 1100
6.Jim Courtney – 1091
7.Dean Nicholson – 1062
7.Todd Padurean – 1062
9.Josh Liberati – 1038
10.Avery Andric – 1005

Avery Andric
Career
Game Played: 97
Games Started: 97
Points: 1005
Rebounds: 406
Assists: 154
Steals: 90
Blocked Shots: 47
…Andric has made 141 three-pointers throughout his career. He’s averaged 35 makes per season. Avery has scored over 150 points, hauled down at least 85 rebounds and dished out at least 30 assists in each season at the varsity level.

Josh Craig
Career
Game Played: 97
Games Started: 74
Points: 1143
Rebounds: 782
Assists: 146
Steals: 126
Blocked Shots: 100
…Craig has started each game since tenth grade. Josh is 57-points shy of 1200 and 18-rebounds short of 800 for his career. He’s snagged at least 175 rebounds per year and has made 28 three-point baskets in just the last two seasons (13 during his first two seasons).

Josh Liberati
Career
Game Played: 97
Games Started: 97
Points: 1038
Rebounds: 521
Assists: 705
Steals: 289
…Liberati has been the team’s floor general since the day he began ninth grade. Josh has excelled at stuffing the stat sheet. Over his four years – he’s averaging 10.7 points, 5.4 boards, 3.0 steals and 7.3 assists.

Trevor Reese
Career
Game Played: 73
Games Started: 27
Points: 207
Rebounds: 221
Steals: 20
Blocked Shots: 73
…Reese may not have the flashy numbers that his other classmates may have but he is a true glue-guy, who does a lot of things that go unnoticed in the box score at the end of the day. This is Trevor’s first year as a full-time starter as he’s averaging 4.3 points and 4.1 rebounds.

Austin Rutecki
Career
Game Played: 97
Games Started: 97
Points: 1495
Rebounds: 784
Assists: 195
Steals: 143
Blocked Shots: 107
…There aren’t many players in the state who can say that they are 3 games away from playing in their 100th for their career. Let alone to state, that they’re 5-points from 1500, 16 rebounds from 800 and 5 assists from 200. Rutecki has made 583 field goals including 131 three-pointers during his career. This year, he’s averaging 18.5 points and 7.8 caroms.

Path to the District Championship
Struthers District
First Round: vs. Jackson-Milton (Tomorrow)
Sectional Championship: vs. Heartland Christian (Friday)
District Semifinals: vs. winner of Sebring/Western Reserve or Wellsville/Valley Christian (March 1)
District Championship: vs. either Lowellville/Southern/Leetonia or McDonald/Heritage Christian/East Canton (March 4)

Lisbon 2015-16 Stats
Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 75.0
Scoring Defense: 49.8
Rebounding: 39.6
Opponents’ Rebounds: 28.0
Turnovers: 9.5
Opponents’ Turnovers: 15.3
Field Goal Percentage: 50.2%
Opponents’ Field Goal Percentage: 35.1%
Three-Point Percentage: 30.6%
Opponents’ Three-Point Percentage: 29.4%
Free Throw Percentage: 66.2%

Individual Leaders
Scoring: Austin Rutecki, 18.5
Rebounds: Josh Craig, 8.1
Assists: Josh Liberati, 7.7
Field Goal Percentage: Josh Craig, 60.9% (123-202)
Three-Point Percentage: Josh Craig, 60.0% (15-25)
Free Throw Percentage: Justin Sweeney, 80.0% (20-25)

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