First-place Evergreen tops Tigers |

First-place Evergreen tops Tigers

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Summit County, Colorado

FARMER’S KORNER – Going into Wednesday’s home game against Evergreen, Summit head coach Mark Ruybal knew his team was in for a tough game. After all, Evergreen was tied for first in the Jeffco League.

“We knew it’d be a team that was very talented and played hard,” the coach said. “It’s the type of game we need.”

And although the Tigers lost 70-37, Ruybal was happy with his team’s effort, especially in the second half where the Tigers were only outscored by three points.

“We never quit, never surrendered,” Ruybal said. “We were diving for loose balls the whole half.”

Freshman Nolan Rookey led the Tigers in scoring with 10 points. Senior Ross Jackson and freshman Coy Coker each had eight points in the loss.

Coker hit two 3-point shots early in the game to keep the Tigers in it, and when junior Keynan Roggasch had foul trouble early, Rookey helped steady the Summit offense with some timely jump shots.

“I don’t think Nolan even came out the whole game,” Ruybal said of the freshman forward. “These last four or five games, he’s really come around and played hard, shooting with confidence and making good plays.”

Ruybal also praised the play of Jackson, who, the coach said, helped lead Summit’s solid effort after halftime.

After the tough game with Evergreen, the Tigers are eager to get back on the court for Friday’s road game against Alameda – a team toward the bottom of the Jeffco League standings.

“I think it’s a game that, if we come out and don’t turn the ball over, we can have a chance at getting a victory,” the coach said. ” … Everyone should come down watch us go for our second victory. Should be an excellent chance for a win.”

Friday’s game starts at 7 p.m.

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at bevans@summitdaily,com.

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