Boys' basketball: Defending champ Lewis-Palmer ousted by Thompson Valley

By: Brent W. New
February 28, 2014 Updated: February 28, 2014 at 9:43 pm

LOVELAND - Lewis-Palmer coach Bill Benton said his team wouldn't have to play mistake-free basketball to beat Thompson Valley.

He just knew the two-time defending state champions would have to be close to perfect.

The eighth-seeded Rangers (13-12) came into Thompson Valley and put a scare into the crowd for 3? quarters before the top-seeded Eagles (23-1) pulled away late and won 57-43 in the second round of the 4A playoffs.

Joe DeCoud, a sophomore, scored 16 points and senior Chase Stone added nine for Lewis-Palmer, which tied the score at 35-35 with 7:03 remaining.

"Thompson Valley is a heck of a ball club," Benton said. "We knew we didn't have to play perfect, but we knew we couldn't beat ourselves. And I think for most of the game we played good, but maybe we just got run down a little at the end. Give them credit. That's the best ball movement I've seen from a team this year."

Grant Rohrbouck scored 17 points, Collin Smith added 16 and Thompson Valley outscored L-P 22-8 in the seven minutes to advance.

"It teaches you, going forward, you have to win the small battles," DeCoud said. "We'll remember this."

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