Tigers fall to Cardinals in regular-season finale
February 21, 2008
ELIZABETH ” Barring a highly unexpected move by the playoff selection committee, the Summit High School boys basketball season ended Wednesday at Elizabeth with a 75-56 loss.
The Tigers (5-18) jumped out to an 18-8 lead early on, then fell apart.
“After the first quarter, we started making a lot of the same mistakes we’ve been making throughout the season,” SHS coach Mark Ruybal said. “We weren’t taking care of the ball and our defense was lacking.”
The visitors had to go to a zone defense in the second quarter because of foul trouble.
“We were not playing zone the way we needed to,” Ruybal said. “There were too many gaps and (the Cardinals) took advantage.”
The Tigers, who got a bunch of easy points off their first-quarter press breaker, had to contend with a stifling man-to-man defense in the second quarter.
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The Cardinals (9-13), who cruised after a slow start, owned a 35-24 lead at halftime.
Ryan George led Summit with 18 points, followed by Erik Brooks (14 points including four 3-pointers) and Joe Felton (11).
Ruybal, a veteran coach who came to Summit before this season, underwent a trying campaign, but he seems willing and able to return to the drawing board.
“We’re going to practice three or four times a week and play games on weekends for six weeks during the summer,” he said. “The summer is a whole season.”
When asked what else (besides balling in June and July) the Tigers needed to do to be more successful next year, Ruybal pointed to offseason weightlifting and the need for more athletes in the program.
“We should have 36 kids at the minimum,” he said. “Twelve on varsity, 12 on JV and 12 on the C team. “We only have 19 right now.”
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