Waynesville senior Shaq Fregiste splashed in two three-pointers at the end of the fourth quarter of Friday's consolation championship in the Rolla Holiday Tournament between the Tigers and Liberty Eagles to boost the Tigers to a 50-48 victory.
The first of Fregiste's fourth-quarter threes pulled Waynesville within one point of Liberty, 48-47 and the second he knocked down from the left wing to give the Tigers a 50-48 lead with 29 seconds left.
Chris Pilz said his senior guard most certainly has the green light when he thinks he's got a shot from downtown.
"He's a good shooter when he catches it and steps in," Pilz said. "He's got good range -- some guys get caught off guard by his range -- but we let him shoot it deep. We just have to get him to catch it in rhythm. Both of those shots he got in rhythm and let them fly and he knocked the bottom out of it."
Following Fregiste's go-ahead basket Liberty tried to tie it up but Waynesville's defense smothered the shooter and the ball didn't reach the rim.
Fregiste finished with nine points, all coming on shots behind the arc. However, he was not the only Tiger making long-range baskets.
Sophomore Gunner Rees led the team with four three-pointers and 14 points on Friday.
"He hit one from about 35 [feet] in the first quarter," Pilz said. "He's a good shooter. He got open and was able to knock some down."
Junior David Adams had Waynesville's only other three-pointer for the afternoon. He had eight points.
Other Tigers to make it into the scorebook were Tavon Dipalma with seven points, Caleb Barnes, six, Tahja Stewart four and Ethan Gatzemeyer two.
Waynesville led 12-9 going into the second quarter but struggled mightily on offense and fell behind 22-17 by halftime.
The Tigers picked it back up in the third and pulled themselves within one point of the lead by outscoring the Eagles 17-13 in the frame.
Liberty was led in scoring by Hayden Henningsen who scored 18 points. He was followed by Alex Hines who had eight, Brian Jones and Kaleb Overall both had five, Jaylen Sims four, Chase Hoeber and Andy Jorris both had three and Arik Holmes two.