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With all the positive things going on with Lebanon County scholastic athletics these days, it’s sometimes difficult to decide on which student-athlete to honor. This week, there’s very little question.

Buzzer-beater. MVP. Championship.

Colton Lawrence.

On Saturday evening, Lawrence’s buzzer-beating three-pointer from the right wing gave the Elco boys’ basketball team a chilling and thrilling 61-60 triumph over Lebanon, and the championship of the Cedars’ tip-off tournament. After snaring the rebound of a missed free throw with five seconds left in the title tilt, the Raiders’ senior forward raced the length of the floor and unleashed a three-pointer that touched nothing but the bottom of the net.

The three-pointer gave Lawrence 29 points for the evening, and all but cinched the tournament’s most valuable player trophy. A night earlier, during the Raiders’ dominating 78-33 season-opening victory over Muhlenberg, Lawrence poured in 22 points, in a variety of ways.

Credit-UnionIn light of Lawrence’s performances, the Raiders are off to a 2-0 start. Elco has high expectations for 2015-16, some of which include going further than teams in Raider boys’ basketball history have rarely gone before.

And clearly if the Raiders are going to reach those destinations, it will be Lawrence leading the way.

– Jeff Falk

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