Dossett, Tigers avenge early loss to Skyview
FARMER’S KORNER – Revenge is sweet. Just ask Kylor Dossett and the rest of the Summit High School boys basketball team.A month after Dossett’s errant pass in the final seconds gave Skyview a one-point win in the season opener, the senior guard made amends at home, scoring 21 points to lead a 63-42 Summit rout Friday night in the Jeffco-Skyline Challenge. And it wasn’t even that close.”That game just broke our hearts, we had the game won,” SHS coach Mike Rathgeber said of the demoralizing 54-53 defeat on Dec. 1. “It took us a week to get through the emotions of losing that one. There was a lot of kids that wanted to make this right, starting with Kylor Dossett.”Dossett didn’t waste any time on Friday. He scored 13 points and grabbed five of his 10 rebounds in the first half, as Summit (7-4) jumped out to a 33-23 lead at the break.
“I forgot about it for a while,” Dossett said, “but after our game Wednesday it came back. I thought about it all yesterday and all today. I just wanted to come out here and show that we don’t even need to be in that situation with (Skyview). We’re good enough to just pull ahead and keep going, and we did that tonight.”If there was any doubt as to whether the Tigers would be able to hold their lead in the second half, they erased it quickly. Playing a suffocating, swarming defense, Summit harrassed the Wolverines (6-7) into a string of missed field goals to start the third quarter. Skyview didn’t score in the period until Xavier Howard’s layup with 33 seconds remaining.The 14-2 quarterlong run turned the game into a blowout.”We could’ve beat them by 40,” said an ultrapleased Rathgeber, who couldn’t stop smiling after the game. “I wasn’t expecting this. I expected this to be last guy with the ball wins, just like at their place.”
“To come out like that and beat them by more than 20, that rocks,” said senior forward Mike Holloway, who scored nine points.Senior Garrison Green joined Dossett in double figures with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and another senior, Aaron George, scored all 11 of his points in the second half.George also chipped in five rebounds, four assists and three steals.Howard, an imposing and athletic freshman, led the Wolverines with 27 points. But no other Skyview player had more than seven, a rarity for a team that usually lives off balance.
For Summit, the dominating performance breathed new life into a team that has struggled to find consistency this year. “We finally put it together on both sides of the floor. It was a complete package,” said Rathgeber, who beat Skyview coach Paul Parringer, one of the coaches he respects most, for the first time in three years. “We didn’t overuse the dribble tonight, we moved the ball quickly, we got the post feed off the weak side, good shot selection, good choices on the inside out … I’m very pleased.”The Tigers get their shot at No. 2 D’Evelyn today in the final day of the Jeffco-Skyline Challenge. The game will be played at Jefferson, with a 1:50 p.m. tip.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at email@example.com.
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