Slow start leads to home loss for Summit High School | SummitDaily.com

Slow start leads to home loss for Summit High School

BRYCE EVANS
summit daily news
Summit County, Co Colorado

FARMER’S KORNER ” As Centaurus plugged away in the first quarter ” knocking down shots and playing suffocating defense ” the Summit High basketball team couldn’t buy a shot. By the time the lid finally came off the basket, the Tigers had already fallen into a large hole, leading to a 61-40 loss, Friday at home.

“They’re working hard and really trying to execute, and that’s all I can ask for right now,” SHS head coach Mark Ruybal said of his team. “We’re executing a little better, but we’re not shooting well.”

Summit’s shooting woes were a large reason that the team fell behind 30-15 entering halftime. Of those 15 points, seven were from the free throw line.

“We came out and were right with them for the first few minutes, then we started missing shots and stopped contributing,” senior guard Erik Brooks said. “That’s when they got that big lead, and we just couldn’t recover.”

Brooks led the Tigers with 15 points on the night, knocking down a team-high three 3-point shots in the second half.

Sophomore Keynan Roggasch, senior David Leopold and junior Taylor Troutman were the only Tigers to hit a shot in the opening two quarters. Roggasch led his team with two field goals in the first 16 minutes.

The Tigers struggled to keep pace with Centaurus in the second half, despite Brooks knocking down a pair of 3-pointers and a pair of free throws in the third quarter. The visitors held a 22-point lead heading into the final quarter.

But Summit wouldn’t quit. Roggasch knocked down a couple quick shots from the post, and when Leopold put back an offensive rebound, the Tigers cut the lead back to 14.

That would be as close as they’d get, however, as turnovers and missed shots ended the Tigers’ comeback hopes.

Roggasch and Leopold ” who was in foul trouble for much of the game ” each chipped in eight points for Summit, while Troutman added seven.

Friday’s loss leaves the Tigers only three more games to try to earn win No. 1 on the season.

Despite a full winter’s worth of disappointments and heartbreak, the Tigers are still pushing themselves to end the season on a high note.

“It’s a very tough season, but we still just work our (butts) off every game, hoping to get that one (win),” Brooks said. “If we make a higher percentage of shots and step up on our D … we should be able to get one.”

The Tigers will try to do just that when they play host to Wheat Ridge on Tuesday. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.


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