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KOAA News5 Athlete of the Week: Joel Scott, Lewis-Palmer Basketball

Posted: 11:03 PM, Jan 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-30 09:46:47-05

MONUMENT – Basketball runs in the Scott family and it’s a big family.

Joel Scott is one of five brothers that went to Lewis-Palmer High School and the boys all followed in mom’s footsteps to the basketball court.

“My mom played basketball in college – and it was all something that we all started to love,” Scott said.

The Rangers are the top team in 4A boys basketball and Joel is their top guy: Averaging 19 points a game and almost eight rebounds for head coach Bill Benton’s team. But the number that matters most to Joel is a 9-0 record for LP.

“I just want to make my team better and I’ve got all the guys around me with experience,” said Scott. “We’ve been playing with each other for years now and I’ve got teammates that know how I play and we have a very good chemistry with each other.”

The stats jump off the page with the 6’6″ senior but Benton sees things that you can’t add up.

“His voice, his leadership, his willingness to hold others to be accountable but also to be accountable,” Benton said. “He’s been in this gym for 10 years. He’s watched what his brothers have gone through and what some of those expectations are and he just gets it.”

The Rangers came up just short in the 4A title game in 2017 with a 62-59 loss to Longmont. LP expects to be back again in 2019.

“The thing we talk about is we have a little gap to close,” Scott said. “It’s the little details to get there and finish it off.”