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Mar 11, 2011 3:09 AM by Lee Douglas

Pueblo West and Lewis-Palmer eliminated from state tourney

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Connor Ervin scored with 22.1 seconds left and had a key steal in the waning seconds Thursday, helping the Windsor Wizards beat the Pueblo West Cyclones 57-54 in the Class 4A state semifinals.

Ervin's basket gave No. 9 Windsor (23-4) a 56-54 lead. He then stole the ball in Pueblo West's offensive end and passed to Aaron Schmidt, who drew a foul and sank one free throw to account for the final score.

No. 4 Pueblo West (24-3) tried a long 3-pointer at the buzzer that bounced off the rim.

The game, tied 30-30 at the break, was tied 13 times and had 11 lead changes.

Windsor, which will play in the state title game on Saturday, erased a 10-point, third-quarter deficit.
Derek Karg scored 6 of his 11 points in the second overtime Thursday night, leading the Sterling Tigers to a 49-48 victory over the Lewis-Palmer Rangers in the other Class 4A state semifinal game.

Karg sank two free throws with 8.3 seconds left, giving the Tigers a 49-45 lead. Dezmond James hit a 3-point shot with 2.2 seconds left for No. 2 Lewis-Palmer (23-4), but Sterling (25-2) held on as time expired.

The game was tied 43-43 at the end of regulation, and neither team scored in the first overtime.

Xavier Talton scored a game-best 20 points for third-seeded Sterling, which led 28-23 at halftime. The Tigers will play No. 9 Windsor Saturday night for the Class 4A state championship.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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