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Lewis' 42 points leads Arcadia over Salpointe and into Div. II semifinals

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Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 11:44 pm

Considering what Arcadia guard Larry Lewis had just finished doing to Tucson Salpointe Catholic in the Titans' 80-67 Division II boys basketball state tournament quarterfinals victory, he could have smiled.

A game after pouring in 38 points against Flagstaff, avenging his team's first-round playoff loss last year, Lewis dropped 42 at Wells Fargo Arena on Wednesday night, a place he may play in as a road opponent for USC next year.

For now, No. 1 Arcadia will move on to play Peoria in the Division II semifinals on Thursday at Grand Canyon University.

Lewis was oblivious to the happenstance, he had one thing on the mind:

"I want state (championship) bad," Lewis said. "I don't care if that takes 50 points or five points. I can still feel the pain from last year (a first-round loss)."

Lewis, who said afterward that he was finally starting to play well this year - he averaged nearly 24 points in the regular season- was a sight to see.

It started with a barrage of 3-pointers, but not your normal kind of outside shooting. Lewis often drove just inside the three-point line, saw the defense converge toward him, then took a dribble back behind the arc. They went in from all angles.

When given an opportunity in transition, or when the defense provided a sliver of space, Lewis drove. He had three reverse layups, once jumping from near the free throw line along the baseline, flinging the ball to the apex of the backboard, giving it enough spin that it brushed against the glass.

After he released the ball, Lewis slid to the floor, belly-down, and came to a stop near the three-point line as if part of the show.

"He has the best body control of any high school player I've ever seen," Titans coach Luke Neibling said. "He looks strong, but he's stronger than he looks. He has taken it to a whole new level."

There was a noticeable disparity between the volume of points and the volume of shots from Lewis. It spoke to the efficiency with which he scored, but Arcadia was much more than just Lewis.

Left-handed guard Andrew Naderer seems to bring it all together, scoring in a variety of ways and setting up his teammates. Forward Terrol Wilson does much of the same, though producing inside the paint-not overwhelmingly big, but skilled and tough. Naderer and Wilson added a combined 26 on top Lewis' 42. Guard Cole Richardson made Salpointe pay for losing him among the trio of scorers, knocking down threes in each half.

Arcadia was down one at the end of the first quarter and tied at halftime before the Titans pulled away in the middle part of the third quarter. Lewis and co. scored 67 points in the final 24 minutes.

"We're at the point where it's win or go home," Lewis said.

 

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