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."