Rascon hits top form as Scorps eye title run
Senior swingman contributes 26 points in district tournament title game win over Kirtland Central
FARMINGTON — Farmington's Sol Rascon has gotten better and better every week of the basketball season.
Every game the senior swingman has upped his game and provided one of the best performances of the year with a dominant showing in Farmington's 84-66 win over Kirtland Central for the District 1-5A tournament title Saturday night at Scorpion Gym.
In the win, Rascon found openings all around KC's defense, hitting shots from inside and outside, and snagging offensive rebounds for putbacks on his way to a 26-point outing.
"He's really being aggressive and going to the basket, and he's a good shooter. He's a great kid and a tough competitor," Farmington coach Paul Corley said of Rascon. " He has a great all-around game, and he's worked at it. He's really worked hard to be the player that he is."
At the start of the season back in November, Rascon flashed his potential from game to game. He was never a liability on the court for Corley and the Scorps, but he was never able to put a complete performance together like he did against the Broncos.
The main reason he wasn't able to dominate early in the season stemmed simply from the fact that he was still adjusting to basketball.
He spent the fall playing for Farmington's football team, starting at safety and wide receiver for the Scorps. When it was time to trade the turf at Hutchison Stadium for the hardwood in Scorpion Gym, the switch was a bit of a challenge for Rascon.
"It was a pretty hard transition," Rascon said of going from football to basketball. "Coming into basketball, you kind of want to hit people like it's football, but you can't. It's an adjustment, and I had to work out the old sport to the new sport the best I could."
Rascon often relied on his athletic ability to carry him through the first part of the basketball season. But as the hoops season wore on, Rascon's basketball IQ began to catch up with his natural ability, and he quickly became a matchup nightmare for opposing teams.
At 6-foot-3, Rascon possesses the height to play in the post, both on offense and defense, and the physicality of playing in the post presents him with a familiarity from his football days.
But he can also be a knock-down 3-point shooter, and has the lateral quickness to keep opposing guards in front of him on defense.
"He's very versatile. He's a tough matchup for a lot of teams," Corley said. "If they put a guard on him, we'll post him up because he has good post-up skills. Sometimes they'll put a bigger kid on him, and we'll put Sol out on the perimeter, and he'll beat the defender off the dribble."
With Rascon playing at his full potential, he provides the Scorps with a dangerous weapon on both ends of the court — something they'll need if they hope to make a run at the first state title for Farmington since 1986.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.