After a dominating first quarter led by 13 points from Legacy sophomore Gavin Poxson, Lightning basketball (6-13, 3-5 in conference) found themselves up 15-9 over conference rival Boulder (8-10, 6-1 …
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After a dominating first quarter led by 13 points from Legacy sophomore Gavin Poxson, Lightning basketball (6-13, 3-5 in conference) found themselves up 15-9 over conference rival Boulder (8-10, 6-1 in conference).
Taking a 10-point lead with 6:52 remaining in the second, it looked like it would be smooth sailing for the home team, but a second-quarter explosion for the Panthers jump-started the group to their third consecutive victory, 72-53.
Scoring the first 10 points of the game for Legacy, Poxson, the crafty righty, outscored the Boulder team by five in the first three minutes and 42 seconds of the contest, shocking the visitors.
“We wanted to get him going so we could make sure he was staying confident,” Legacy coach Connor Clay said. “We gave him the green light because myself, the coaching staff and the entire team believes he is capable of doing that every night.”
Unfortunately for Legacy after the opening frame, Poxson didn’t find the score sheet again, and Boulder seized their opportunity. Led by the scoring of sophomore reserve Drake Arthur’s eight points and fantastic offense rebounding from the Panthers, they went on a 22-5 run in the last six minutes and 52 seconds of the half, claiming a 7-point lead.
The second half looked similar to the second quarter, as accurate three-point shooting and continued extra offensive possessions did in the Lightning. Combining as a team for 20 offensive rebounds, the Panthers took advantage of their noticeable size advantage and dominated the painted area.
“They were very difficult to handle, and they outworked us in that aspect (rebounding),” Clay said. “They were big and strong, and they earned that. We didn’t box out as well as we could have and at the end of the day, Boulder outworked us for those rebounds.”
Accounting for 40 total rebounds on the night, all 11 players who saw court time for the Panthers contributed in this category. Scoring-wise, nine players scored for Boulder while seven did for Legacy.
Despite small runs for the Legacy offense in the second half, Boulder seemed to always answer with a score of their own, not allowing the Lightning to get within striking distance. Outscoring Legacy 38-26 in the third and fourth, Boulder found themselves clicking to their seventh win in their last eight games.
“We just need to put together a full game. We haven’t done that, and when we don’t do that, we lose,” Clay said. “We show spurts, we show quarters and halves, but it really comes down to our mental fortitude and toughness. To put together four quarters, that’s what we are going to need to do.”
Poxson led the Lighting in scoring as seniors Jack Olson, and Jackson Stapleton followed with 11 and nine respectively. For Boulder, Arthur recorded a team-leading 18 points with senior Jackson Tanner and junior Adam Sessions joining in as double-digit scorers with 12 and 10 apiece. Sophomore Alex Rucker and Tanner tallied for 10 and seven rebounds each.
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