Derek Daniels may be listed at 6-5, but the big senior forward for the Mountain View/Birch Tree Liberty Eagles plays even bigger than that.
Behind Daniels' game-high 37 points, the Liberty Eagles knocked off the homestanding Alton Comets 79-49 Dec. 14.
The Comets had several productive stretches during the contest, but Alton just could not catch up after Liberty grabbed a big cushion in the first period.
A layup and free throw from Randy Ray gave the Comets an early 3-1 lead. Ray paced the home team with 12 points.
But Daniels got off to a fast start, racking up 14 points in the frame, including a pair of old-fashioned 3-point plays, helping the Eagles take control of the proceedings.
Skyler Chronister (nine points) hit a hoop in the lane late in the first, but the Eagles stood on top 21-9 after one.
Chronister got off for six quick points early in the second, but Daniels ripped off seven straight points for the visitors, helping Liberty maintain its lead.
Ray, Mark Smith (six points) and Kalon Honeycutt (seven points) teamed up to go eight-for-eight from the charity stripe in the last two minutes of the half, with the teams going to intermission with Liberty ahead 48-28.
The Comets came out inspired early in the third, opening the second half with an 8-2 burst.
Zane Hatten, Ray, Zach Roberts (three points) and Honeycutt all racked up buckets during Alton's opening run in the third.
But the Eagles had an answer, responding with a 10-0 run, including back-to-back treys from Tramond Day.
Liberty led 66-39 after three.
A.J. Hodge (eight points) knocked down a pair of inside hoops early in the fourth for Alton, but Daniels tossed in eight points down the stretch to help the Eagles to a 79-49 victory.
Wes Carswell finished the game with two points for Alton.
In junior varsity action, Liberty topped Alton 70-44.
Tanner Holman drained five treys on his way to a 16-point night for the JV Comets.
Chase Benson followed with 10 points, while Eric Honeycutt and Wes Carswell logged seven points each.
Dakota Keeney tallied three points and Michael Barton finished the game with one point.