Published: January 14, 2014
MONUMENT - On most nights, Lewis-Palmer can rely on the shooting touch of Jonathan Scott.
Not so on Tuesday, but the sophomore point guard showed his all-around talents, especially on the defensive end, to help his Rangers to a hard-fought, 51-41 home victory over Falcon.
Scott scored 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting, but added seven rebounds, five steals, four assists and two blocked shots as the Rangers (7-4, 2-1 4A PPAC) rebounded from Friday's league loss to Palmer Ridge.
"At some times, he'll be a scorer, and then become more of a facilitator and defensive player," Rangers coach Bill Benton said. "Tonight, he was kind of everything. It was a great night."
Chase Stone scored a team-high 17 points, and Lewis-Palmer erased an early five-point deficit to continue its dominance over Falcon (8-4, 1-2), winning for the sixth straight time in the series.
Shaun LiVecchi paced Falcon with a game-high 18 points, eight of which came in the first quarter as the Falcons built a 14-9 lead.
But the Falcons senior forward sat most of the second quarter after picking up his second foul, and his team struggled to score, making only two outside shots. Lewis-Palmer, meanwhile, went on a 13-2 run to start the quarter, highlighted by a Stone 3-pointer and Scott's three-point play, to take the lead for good.
"We lost our poise a little," LiVecchi said. "We came in with a good game plan, but we went away from it. They're a great team that moves the ball well, and their defense is tight. We have to give credit to them."
Kwe'shaan Thomas added 10 points and seven rebounds for Falcon before leaving with an injured right shoulder with 3:37 left in the game. The other four Falcon players who scored combined for only 13 points, including just seven from standout senior Chances Matlock, less than half of his average.
Matlock hit just 3 of 15 shots from the field on a night when Falcon shot just 32 percent.
"We have to be able to knock down shots," Falcons coach Greg Cox said. "We just didn't shoot the ball well. We also went away from attacking the inside after the first quarter, and that was the difference."
Falcon trailed only 32-30 late in the third quarter before consecutive 3-pointers from Stone and Sam Todd ended a quick 8-0 run that gave the Rangers their largest lead at 40-30.
The Falcons never got closer than six the rest of the way as the Rangers recorded their finest defensive effort.
"That's a good team, and we were focused on not giving up points in transition and giving them open looks," Benton said. "Our goal is to hold every team to under 50 points a game."