Willis: CU-bound Scott was winning title while Buffs earned NCAA berth

Lewis-Palmer's Josh Scott gets his shot blocked by Sierra's Wesley Gordon in the Class 4A championship game March 10. Both CU recruits, Scott had the last laugh in the Rangers' 44-43 win.
John Leyba
Lewis-Palmer’s Josh Scott gets his shot blocked by Sierra’s Wesley Gordon in the Class 4A championship game March 10. Both CU recruits, Scott had the last laugh in the Rangers’ 44-43 win.

Josh Scott’s attention wasn’t divided, but it would have been difficult to blame the future CU Buffaloes basketball player if it had been.

The 6-foot-10 Lewis-Palmer senior, you see, was on CU’s floor participating in the Class 4A state championship game Saturday night. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Scott’s future team was trying to close out Arizona in the Pac-12 championship game and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Things worked out in both respects for Scott – albeit narrowly – as Lewis-Palmer defeated Sierra 44-43 and the Buffs held on 53-51 to punch their ticket to the dance. The CU score was announced in the first quarter.

“It’s a great night and I couldn’t be happier, obviously,” Scott said. “I heard the CU score, but I was concentrating. I was happy for them, but I didn’t want to say ‘Oh, CU won so now I’m going to come out unfocused.’ I was pretty much deadlocked in focus.”

As an added CU tie, Scott was competing against future Buffs teammate Wesley Gordon in the final. Scott scored 23 points in the final and helped limit the 6-8 Stallions star to nine.

Scott is excited to begin playing with Gordon rather than against him and believes the tandem will assist in CU’s upswing to basketball prominence.

“Wes is one of the top bigs I’ve played against,” Scott said. “I think people under-look him because they think he’s just a shot-blocker.”