Bowen had eight points off the bench, and Tufts added six. They were the leaders of a 20-point effort by the Lions' reserves that supplemented a 26-point game by senior point guard Chris Nunn in the 83-55 victory.
When Liberty Christian takes the floor this Saturday against Marquette Catholic at Lafayette Jeff, the heroes could carry completely different names. And few in the Lions' locker room would be surprised.
"You can pull the 12th man off the bench and I've still got confidence in him," Hyatt said. "It doesn't matter who it is. We can all step up to the challenge."
The proof is on the court.
Liberty Christian rallied from double-digit deficits in both the sectional and regional championship games, and it's versatility was repeatedly evident at Frankfort's Case Arena.
Franklin Nunn led the Lions with 14 points in the championship game. But he picked up his third personal foul with a little more than 90 seconds remaining in the third quarter. By the time he returned to the floor midway through the final period, Liberty Christian had turned a four-point deficit into a five-point lead.
Similarly, when the starters got into foul trouble during the semifinal, the bench scored 16 of the team's 18 second-quarter points to keep the Lions comfortably ahead at the half.
Liberty Christian had six different players score in double figures in at least one of the two regional games. Only Franklin Nunn pulled off the feat in both contests, and he needed 11 points in the fourth quarter of the semifinal to perform the trick.
"Coach (Jason Chappell) has worked with us all year, making sure we all work together as a unit," Gibbs said. "On any given night, anybody could step up and have a big game for us. That is definitely to our advantage."