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Boys hoopsters fall to 0-3 – in encouraging fashion

Devon O'Neil

FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit High School boys basketball team dropped to 0-3 on Thursday night, but considering the opponent, this defeat was not all bad.Skyview, ranked No. 9 in the state’s 4A class, didn’t score as often as it usually does while beating the Tigers 42-27 on Summit’s home floor. Two days after 3A Lake County shocked SHS in Leadville – a game in which Tigers coach Mike Rathgeber said his team’s performance was “as ugly as ugly gets” – the postgame mood had changed, even if the result hadn’t.”We had a great game,” Rathgeber said Friday of the Skyview loss. “We made a giant step forward last night.”This was primarily due to the Tigers’ ability to defend against Skyview’s high-octane offense. Summit never allowed the Wolverines to get into their run-n-gun mode; in fact, the deficit was just nine points with under three minutes to play. At that time, Skyview began playing keepaway on offense, “the biggest compliment they could’ve paid us,” Rathgeber said.”We defended so well, which is what we need to do because the offense is still sputtering – although it was a lot better last night,” the coach said.Junior Clint Hamilton led the Tigers in scoring for the third straight game, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Jordan McCarthy was the only other Tiger to score more than four; he had six.Comparing Thursday night’s performance to Tuesday’s, Rathgeber said: “The (Summit) team that played down in Lake County would’ve lost to (Skyview) by 30 or more.”The Tigers next play on Tuesday, when they host Rifle at 6 p.m. Then their Holiday Hoopla tournament takes place Thursday through Saturday, wrapping up the pre-holiday break stretch of six home games in seven contests.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13630, or at doneil@summitdaily.com.