LYNCHBURG (WFXR) – After their big win against the Lipscomb Bison. The Liberty University Flames are back-to-back Atlantic Sun Conference Champions. But the road to get to this point hasn’t been easy.
“Coming in it was hard. I’ve been in the system for five years and it was really hard. Once you get to the details with new layers every single day, work on it, and it becomes fun. Especially when everyone is connected,” says Liberty senior guard Caleb Homesley.
The Flames finished the season 30-4 overall, 13-3 in conference play, and went undefeated at home. The players attribute their success to the target placed on their back last year.
“It kind of shows you what you’re made of. For us it was adversity throughout the season but it allowed us to grow, come together as brothers, and unite on the court. It also challenged us to get better,” explains sophomore guard Darius McGhee.
Liberty head basketball coach Ritchie McKay says team chemistry played a major role on the court this season.
“It takes a lot to keep this group down. They find the positive, and they roll up their sleeves and they are committed to the process.”
For the Flames, it’s not about how you start. It’s more about how you finish the season.
“We coach in an age, and raise children in an age where sometimes instant seems to be better. If it doesn’t happen right away you kind of give up on the process, and it’s a great life lesson for all of us. That’s why I’m saying or have said so many times. This group inspires me they just have a commitment to just try an pursue the very best version of themselves,” explains MaKay.
While Liberty won’t have an NCAA tournament to play in. It’s safe to say the Flames have built a solid foundation for the future.