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Tigers lose to Alameda by 1 point in OT

ADAM BOFFEYSummit Daily News

Summit High's David Leopold goes for a layup in fourth-quarter action against Alameda Thursday evening.

FARMER’S KORNER – Most Summit High School basketball players and fans are probably still shaking their heads in disbelief following the amazing turn of events Thursday night at Farmer’s Korner.The Tigers overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, then forced Alameda to overtime, then lost on a 3-point buzzer beater by the Pirates’ Donald Husidic.The 65-64 loss was heartbreaking for Summit (5-16) and emblematic of its trying season.”It feels like the game was just stolen from us,” said Tigers big man David Leopold, who scored 12 points and collected eight rebounds. “We worked so hard and had the momentum up to that point, then (Husidic) drained it and we were drained.”

The 6-foot-7 Leopold, who played one of his most complete games of the season, appeared both saddened and dazed outside the Tigers’ locker room, while Ryan George seemed determined to force a grin after turning in a magnificent individual performance on senior night.”We played our hearts out at the end,” said George, a senior who finished with 18 points. “You can’t play much better defense on that last one, (Husidic) just threw it up and. … luck.”If Husidic’s curtain call was lucky, the three pointer he hit off the glass with 24 seconds left in OT was a near miracle. The bank shot couldn’t be considered a full miracle because that distinction was reserved for the 40-foot buzzer beater Alameda’s Zach Erickson hit to end the third quarter.Alameda improved to 7-14 on the season. George had a solid performance overall, but really stepped it up in the clutch, scoring the final basket of regulation – a 3-pointer in the closing minute as well as four points and a key assist (to Leopold on a faked shot) in OT.

Summit’s Stephen Ike and Dan Marion both helped keep their team in the contest by drawing timely offensive charges in the waning minutes.Erik Brooks scored 10 points for the Tigers and Joe Felton added nine.After the smoke cleared from one of the most exciting contests at Summit High School in recent memory, Tigers coach Mark Ruybal reflected.”That’s the best game we’ve played all year,” he said. “The boys never gave up.”

Summit will host D’Evelyn in a make-up game at 2 p.m. on Saturday.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at aboffey@summitdaily.com.