Midland Lee Pops Monterey 67-48

LUBBOCK--It was an epic hoops battle that will remain forever etched in <b>United Spirit Arena</b> history.

Drew Coffman scored 24 points and keyed a 16-2 second quarter burst, which sparked Midland Lee's stunning 67-48 Region I-5A quarterfinal victory over Lubbock Monterey and Tech signee Josh Washington on Tuesday.

"This (tonight) was the first time I've played in this arena (United Spirit)," said Coffman, a junior standout, who favors Texas Tech. "I loved it from the moment I stepped onto the floor."

Midland Lee (27-5) led by only three points after the first quarter, but broke the game open in the second quarter with a 16-2 run, which put the Rebels ahead 31-14 at halftime.

Lubbock Monterey (20-14) fell behind 53-19 in third quarter (2:17) before rallying late to close the final margin.

"We couldn't get it going (tonight)," said Lubbock Monterey coach Vic Self. "We didn't shoot very well and struggled offensively. We just got beat by a lot better basketball team."

Coffman turned in a brilliant all-around performance. He dominated defensively and beyond the arch. He routinely canned three-pointers and glided effortlessly through the lane.

"This really helps me make a decision on if I will play for Tech," said Coffman, who finished 11-for-16 from the field and 2-for-3 from three-point range. "I can see myself on this floor playing for Coach Knight."

Coffman said he enjoyed battling against Washington, who finished his final prep contest with 23 points.

"Josh is a great player," said Coffman. "I'd love to pass to Josh, in the future, and let him work his magic."

Despite the loss, Washington spoke positively about his future.

"It was nice to play on my future home court," said Washington, who finished 8-for-18 from the field and 3-for-4 from the charity stripe. "It (tonight) gave the fans a chance to see what I can do for the Raiders and a preview of things to come."

Washington also praised Coffman.

"He's a great player and a great person," said Washington, who tallied a school-record 2,104 points during his prep career at Lubbock Monterey. "He's a natural born athlete with a great will to win. It was great to play against him (tonight).

"I hope he decides to join Coach Knight and the Raiders. He's making a great name for himself and will propel Midland Lee very far into the playoffs."

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