West boys falter in final seconds
Whichever team had the ball last was probably going to win.
Unfortunately for the Pueblo West High School boys basketball team, a 10-second half court violation gave the ball to Lewis-Palmer.
Rangers senior Chase Stone then hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to win it, 61-58, Tuesday night at the Cyclones gym.
“They got the last shot. They were either going to get fouled or they were going to get a bucket and they hit the bucket,” Cyclones coach Bobby Tyler said.
“They are the two-time defending state champs for a reason.”
With 35 seconds left in the contest, Pueblo West inbounded the ball but Lewis Palmer’s press stifled the offense and a 10-second violation was called with about :13 left in the game.
On the inbound, the Rangers made a few passes. With 8 seconds left, the ball ended up in Stone’s hands at the top of the key.
“We weren’t really running any set play so I figured I’d be the leader of the team and try to make a big play for us. It felt good right when I released it. I knew it was going in,” Stone said.
Although the game ended with Stone’s heroics, the Rangers’ defense stalled Pueblo West in the first half and late in the fourth quarter.
“We battled all game. The chips just didn’t fall and we had some tough breaks,” said West’s CJ Davidson.
Pueblo West was down 30-21 at the half and scored 17 points in the third quarter to go up 38-37 entering the fourth quarter.
The two teams exchanged baskets throughout the fourth quarter.
“He (Stone) is their big dog. He’s their scorer and he knocked down the big shot. Kudos to him,” Davidson said.
“Coach said it best that the season is not a sprint and that it’s a marathon. We have to keep battling and try to turn around.”
Pueblo West was 16 percent from the 3-point line.
“That kind of did us in. That’s one of the things we concentrate on. We like to put up threes,” Tyler said.
Lewis-Palmer coach Bill Benton said his team focusses on defense.
“Pueblo West is very much like us, very young. They are well coached and they play hard,” Benton said.
“It’s a good win for a bunch of young guys. I am very impressed with how we battled through adversity.”
Lewis-Palmer 12 18 7 24 — 61 Pueblo West 8 13 17 20 — 58
Lewis-Palmer—Jonathan Scott 4 5-6 14, Charlie Hovasse 7 2-3 17, Sam Strasburger 3 1-4 7, Joe DeCoud 1 0-0 3, JT Shepherd 4 0-0 8, Chase Stone 4 2-2 12. Totals: 23 10-15 61. 3-point goals: Scott, Hovasse, DeCoud 1; Stone 2. Fouls: 15.
Pueblo West—Dean Thompson 1 0-0 2, Nolan Maize 1 0-0 2, David Simental 3 0-1 6, Billy Daugherty 2 0-1 5, CJ Davidson 6 5-5 18, Cam Vaughan 4 3-3 11, David Arrieta 2 2-6 6, Kenny Tack 1 0-0 3, Jimmy Rhodes 1 0-1 3, Braden Shirley 0 2-2 2. Totals: 21 12-19 58. 3-point goals: Daugherty, Tack, Davidson, Rhodes 1.Fouls: 16.