Tyler Liddy reached an historic milestone in the annals of Glen Ridge High basketball, but the senior guard was more interested in how he could further help his team, while also honoring his father.
Tyler’s dad is Tim Liddy, the athletic director at Glen Ridge High. When Tyler scored his 1,000th career point on Feb. 13, as Glen Ridge won a 55-46 game at Weequahic High, Tim was there, behind the scorer’s table, and clapping emphatically as the game was briefly stopped.
“My dad was a great player,” said Tyler. “He finished with 1,123 points. Maybe I can pass him, but that’s not important. I want to help this team make a good run (in the upcoming NJSIAA tournament).”
Tyler Liddy, joined by his father, Tim (left) and head coach Liam Carr. (Click on photo for larger image)
‘Glen Ridge was 17-7 heading into its regular season finale, at home against Oratory Prep, on Feb. 22. On Feb. 26, the second seeded Ridgers will open the state sectional tournament, by hosting Belvidere, starting at 7 p.m., in North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1.
Liddy led the Ridgers with 19 points in the victory over Weequahic and then followed with a tremendous game against Randolph on Feb. 15, with 21 points.
“Tyler has battled all season long,” said Glen Ridge coach Liam Carr. “He’s had multiple injuries, and there were times he probably shouldn’t have played, but he’s such a competitor. He’s an excellent scorer, but he does so many other things for us. In addition to being our leading scorer, Tyler also leads our team in assists, steals and rebounds.
“What we’re seeing now is Tyler playing his best basketball of the season, and it’s a perfect time for that. I’ve been coaching for 12 years and Tyler is one of the most unselfish kids I’ve ever been around. I remember a game against Livingston, and Tyler’s leg was really bothering. So what does he do? He gets 10 rebounds. There’s no way we win that game without him that day.”
Tim Liddy was not only a happy administrator, but, of course, a proud father, when Tyler eclipsed 1,000 points.
“Scoring 1,000 points is a tremendous accomplishment for a high school basketball player,” said Tim. “This accomplishment does mean more since Tyler is my son, and I spent many years coaching him in basketball and having the privilege to watch him play four years at Glen Ridge High School. It is great honor to say that Tyler and I are both 1,000 point scores during our careers at Glen Ridge. I am sure that there are many other schools in New Jersey that have a father-son combo as 1,000 point scorers, but it is pretty special to be the first at Glen Ridge High School, and to have our names on the 1,000 point banner that hangs in our gym.”
Tyler had a tremendous football season as Glen Ridge’s quarterback last fall. He’s now the ‘quarterback’, so to speak of the basketball team, as its point guard.
“As much as Tyler scoring 1,000 points was a big thing for him, just like his dad, winning is the ultimate goal,” said Carr, himself a standout player for the Ridgers and a 1995 graduate. “Tim was a part of a state championship team in 1988 here, and that’s something he always looks back at with pride.
“Tyler is always thinking on the court. He knows where everyone is supposed to be, all the time. We’re looking forward to a good run in the states, and having Tyler healthy and playing well will be a big plus for us.”