Of Lawson’s team-high 18 points, all came from 3-point range. Phillips, who totaled 15 points, connected on three 3-point baskets.
“We must have shot 75 to 80 percent from outside the perimeter,” Excel coach Jon-Michael Nickerson said. “It was amazing the way we shot the ball tonight. Usually you find us shooting in the 20 percent range.”
Nickerson spent the majority of the fourth quarter encouraging Lawson to keep firing from outside the perimeter.
“I was right behind him [Lawson] telling him to shoot every time he touched ball,” Nickerson said.
He credited Excel’s exceptional outside shooting to his players refusing to settle for just any shot.
“We kept knocking down our shots,” Nickerson said. “Every shot we took was a good shot.”
Excel’s ability to hit the wide open shot began in the first quarter, as the Eagles raced out to a 23-4 first quarter lead. Excel extended its lead to 38-12 at halftime.
Nickerson waited until four minutes remained in regulation before emptying his bench.
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