Balanced Tiger boys handle Lobos |

Balanced Tiger boys handle Lobos

Summit Daily/Reid Williams Summit High School's Garrison Green (right) dives after a loose ball in the first quarter of the Tigers' win over Golden last week, as Kylor Dosset looks to assist his teammate. The Tigers came away with a win against Conifer Tuesday night, 62-52.

CONIFER – Three of the five senior starters on the Summit High School boys basketball team combined for 56 of the Tigers’ 62 points, and SHS won its third straight crucial league game, 62-52 at Conifer on Tuesday night.Kylor Dossett scored 22, Aaron George hit for 18 big ones and Mike Holloway added 16, helping Summit improve to 12-10 overall, 4-4 in the 4A Jeffco League.The Lobos jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the first possession of the game, but Summit regained the upper hand right away and never gave it up. The Tigers also beat Conifer, 50-43, last month in the Jeffco/Skyline Tournament.

The Lobos dropped to 11-11 with the rare home loss, 2-6 in Jeffco play.”I expected it to be much more of a nailbiter, knowing how they play at home,” SHS coach Mike Rathgeber said, referring to Conifer’s 5-2 home record.Out of Summit’s three high scorers on Tuesday, George’s 18 points were the biggest, Rathgeber said. “All his points came when we desperately needed them. They all answered runs that Conifer went on,” the coach said.

The Lobos kept it close against Summit on Tuesday, but every time they threatened to cut the lead to two or three points, the Tigers responded with just enough of a counterattack.Tuesday’s win followed a perfect showing in two games last week for Summit. Led by Holloway (19.6 points per game over the three wins), the Tigers upset Golden and Evergreen at home to turn around their season.Now, with a win in their season finale Thursday at Englewood (7-15, 3-5), they might even clinch a home game in the state tournament. Seedings and matchups will be announced on Sunday in Denver.

“We’re peaking at the right time,” Rathgeber said.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at

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