Liberty Christian Head Coach Butch Clark wasn’t going to let his seniors end their home careers on a sour note. He didn’t want his final game on the Liberty Christian floor to be a bad …
Liberty Christian Head Coach Butch Clark wasn’t going to let his seniors end their home careers on a sour note.
He didn’t want his final game on the Liberty Christian floor to be a bad experience, either.
Clark recently announced his retirement from the program at the end of the season, but he still has things to work on with his team.
“We shot for two hours yesterday,” Clark said Thursday after Liberty Christian’s 71-36 win over First Baptist Academy. “I was hoping it would carry over into today.”
Senior guard Brendan Dickson knocked down three 3-pointers in the first half.
“I was zoned in,” he said. “I just wanted to come out and have fun tonight, and that’s what I did. I’m feeling really confident right now.”
Sophomore guard Logan Hart and junior forward Kameron Bagby each added a triple in the second quarter, and the Eagles led 37-14 at halftime.
Liberty Christian extended its lead in the third quarter as fans and alumni waited to celebrate Clark’s career.
More than 15 former players spoke about Clark after the game, and the gym was named in his honor.
The formal dedication is set for early March.
“It was fun to see all the guys,” Clark said.
Dickson finished his final home game with 11 points, and senior forward Kaleb Bagby added three.
Both players were honored after the game.
“They’re great kids,” Clark said. “They’re better kids than they are basketball players, and that’s what’s important. They’re great in the classroom and the community. They’re good leaders, and they’re winners.”
Dickson said he was happy to send his coach off on a high note.
“I liked being able to get the win for coach, and I liked that we were making the extra passes and distributing the ball well tonight,” he said. “It was a fun game for me to leave on.”
The Eagles earned the No. 2 seed in the Metro Athletic Conference tournament and face Providence Friday in the semifinals Friday at 8 p.m. at Community Christian Academy.
Clark will reach career win No. 400 with an Eagles victory.
“He’s been everything,” Dickson said. “Everything he has taught us has related to things off the court just as much as on the court, from how we’re going to treat our wives to how we’ll be in the work place, so I liked that we got him a win tonight.”Leads Eagles to state tournament FridayTIMEOUT — Liberty Christian Head Coach Butch Clark gives his team instructions on senior night Feb 4. Kory Carpenter photo.