Posted On: 01/17/19 10:00 AM

IOWA CITY -- A patient and efficient offensive game plan from Iowa City Liberty gave 4A defending champion Cedar Falls all they could handle on Tuesday night, before the #7 Tigers used some pressure defense to pull away late, beating the Lightning 58-50.

Liberty got out of the gates quickly, scoring on three of their first four possessions of the game, grabbing a 7-0 lead and forcing a Cedar Falls timeout. The Tigers rebounded nicely, finishing the quarter on an 11-3 run to take a 11-10 lead after one. The second quarter was back-and-forth and the Lightning took a slim 28-26 lead into the break.

A huge third quarter from Cedar Falls senior guard Mason Abbas gave the Tigers a 43-38 lead after three, as Abbas scored 11 points in the frame. Liberty tied the game at 43 with about five minutes to play, then the Tigers ramped up the defensive pressure, throwing a variety of different full court pressure looks at the Lightning, who didn't handle it well, as the Tigers pulled away for the win.

Cedar Falls (9-2, 7-2) was led by Mason Abbas, who led three Tigers in

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