Near collapse becomes win |

Near collapse becomes win

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Summit County, CO Colorado

LAKEWOOD ” Ryan Eberhart’s two free throws with 2.5 seconds left Wednesday night allowed the Summit High School boys basketball team to escape a near disaster at the hands of a desperate Alameda team, as the Tigers won 57-56.

Summit likely knocked the Pirates out of postseason contention with its victory, which came after SHS gave up a 14-point third-quarter lead. Alameda actually took a 53-50 lead with 1:45 to play in the game ” the first time the Pirates had led all night ” but the Tigers responded and did what winning teams do: they didn’t lose.

“These kids are gonna give me heart failure,” SHS head coach Mike Rathgeber said a few minutes after Alameda’s last-gasp 3-point attempt rimmed in, then out with .8 seconds left.

Summit improved to 13-7 with the victory, and evened its mark in the 4A Jeffco League at 3-3. Alameda, which entered having lost six of its last seven games, dropped to 7-13 overall (1-5 Jeffco).

The Tigers were cruising with a 48-34 lead in the third quarter, but they got “tight and conservative,” Rathgeber said, right as the hosts “turned it up a notch.”

A trio of 3-point baskets allowed the Pirates to pull into the lead at the end of a 19-2 run, which is right when Summit woke up.

The Tigers’ leading scorer, Tucker Shelden, was just that once again as he finished with 16 points. Ryan George scored 10 and Sean Linfield shot 3-of-5 from beyond the arc to tally nine points.

Bryce Krampert scored eight and helped shut down Alameda’s big gun on defense. Joe Felton and Eberhart each notched six points.

“We’re playing our best basketball right now and this is the time to be doing it,” Rathgeber said.

Summit hosts Elizabeth Friday night at 7.

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