New boys hoops system yeilds results but no win |

New boys hoops system yeilds results but no win

FARMER’S KORNER – After a quarter of ugly shooting, Todd Heller’s final 3-pointer had a chance.

It was the last shot the senior would ever take at Summit High School, and it was on its way to breaking a scoring drought that had lasted more than four minutes in Summit’s

46-24 loss Thursday to the Evergreen Cougars.

The ball hung on the rim, rolling a full 360 degrees around it, then fell out and to the floor as the final buzzer sounded on Summit’s last home game of the year.

“It felt good, it looked good, it rattled in and out,” Heller said. “That’s the story of our season – close but not enough.”

Summit’s shooting has been sub-par long enough that coach Mike Rathgeber has changed his run-and-shoot philosophy to the slow-down, set offense he unveiled Thursday night.

It created a 19-17 halftime score and the lowest-scoring game of the season. But it also had the Tigers (3-15 overall and 0-8 in the Class 4A Jefferson County League) in the game for three and a half quarters against one of the better teams in the league. The Cougars are 12-6 overall and 6-2 in the Jeffco League.

“Why become a victim of your own system,” Rathgeber said. “Let’s just try something different.”

Summit had some success in the post, with both big men – Alan Widdifield and Mike Holloway – leading the Tigers in scoring. Widdifield had seven points, and Holloway had six.

Summit had Heller, Paul Middel and its perimeter package in during the final minutes as it tried to erase a ballooning deficit.

“We needed to knock down a few shots, and we didn’t, but defensively, the game-plan was executed to perfection,” Rathgeber said.

The Tigers finish the regular season at Golden on Wednesday.

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