Free throws and limiting offensive rebounds were they keys to Summit boys' basketball (3-11 overall, 3-7 Western Slope) tallying a second win against Glenwood Springs (3-9 overall, 2-5 Slope) on the road Thursday.
The team was down the first quarter through halftime by a handful of points, but in the third quarter, rallied to take the lead. At the start of the fourth quarter, the score was 44-41 with the Tigers in the lead. That's when Summit took control and outscored them, 22-10 in the fourth quarter to win the game, 66-51.
"We played a lot like we did (against Delta)," head coach Phil Tronsrue said. "We controlled the second half. We did a good job from the free throw line again. In the second half, we were 18 of 24 (75 percent) from the free throw line. We were just under 50 percent in the first half, at 7 of 15. ... We limited them in the second half to five offensive rebounds, and they had had 12 in the first half. Those were two key points we talked about at halftime. Not giving them second-chance opportunities."
Senior Garrett Tousey led the scoring with 15 points and seven rebounds, with sophomore Merrick Crispell finishing with 12 points and five rebounds. Sophomore Thomas DeBonville and Noah Glasco rounded out a solid offensive effort with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Today, the team faces off with Palisade, a squad that beat the Tigers before Christmas in a 55-38 rout following a mostly tight game. Partway through the contest, Summit lost point guard Coy Coker to his second technical foul. This time around, the Tigers plan to have all players in for a full game, with the same game plan they've had in recent wins against Glenwood and Delta: Play a solid game, limit offensive rebounds and make free throws, particularly when they really count.
"I think it's a game we can win if we are just a little bit smarter, especially if we play the way we played (Thursday) and against Delta," Tronsrue said.
Summit's girls' basketball team lost in their matchup with Glenwood Springs, 46-28.
The Tigers (1-13 overall, 0-10 Western Slope) came out strong against the Demons (8-3 overall, 4-3 Slope), holding the opponent to 17 points in the first half, compared to their 12 points. But at halftime, the Demons turned on the fire, scoring 29 points to the Tigers' 16.
Today, the Lady Tigers face Palisade (5-7 overall, 4-3 Slope), to whom they lost by 16 points on the road before Christmas.