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Boys basketball: Lewis-Palmer finally earns 4A title game berth

BOULDER — It was motivation, like a thorn in the brain. It was a common topic of conversation during the year. But not before Lewis-Palmer’s Class 4A semifinal over Valor Christian on Thursday.

No, Lewis-Palmer coach Russ McKinstry didn’t mention the program’s three straight losses in the Final Four to his players in the locker room beforehand.

Then again, they probably didn’t need reminding. Lewis-Palmer, a No. 1 seed, had been preparing for this day all season.

It showed. Behind 16 fourth-quarter points from Josh Scott, the Rangers pulled away from a talented, second-seeded Valor Christian team to win 70-59 and — finally — earn a shot at the 4A title.

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