Rust shows as boys’ season ends in loss to Liberty |

Rust shows as boys’ season ends in loss to Liberty

Summit Daily file photo/Reid WilliamsGarrison Green and the rest of the Tiger boys couldn't get it going against No. 8 seed Liberty, as their season eded with a 74-55 loss in Colorado Springs.

COLORADO SPRINGS – One of the most successful Summit High School boys basketball seasons in the better part of two decades ended on Friday, as the Tigers couldn’t shake the rust from the past week and lost to Liberty in the first round of the state tournament, 74-55.Summit’s first boys team to qualify for state in 16 years missed too many layups and committed too many turnovers to overcome an athletic group of Lancers at Harrison High School in Colorado Springs.”There’s always somebody that’s affected by the break before a state tournament, and somebody that’s not,” SHS coach Mike Rathgeber said. “We were definitely out of rhythm, and they weren’t.”

Summit won three of its last four games going into Friday’s first-round matchup with Liberty, but according to Rathgeber, the break between their final regular-season game on Feb. 17 and Friday’s game showed.The Tigers committed 25 turnovers and were outrebounded 43-30.Senior Kylor Dossett scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his final high school game, while classmates Mike Holloway (11 points), Garrison Green (nine) and Aaron George (seven) also chipped in.

Jordan McCarthy and Clint Hamilton provided a spark off the bench, combining for nine points and a number of rebounds.Summit was down 30-22 at the half and made a run to get within five midway through the third quarter, but the Lancers pulled away from there.”It was a very tough, emotional locker room afterward,” Rathgeber said.

The No. 9-seeded Tigers’ up-and-down season ends at 12-12. Eighth-seeded Liberty improves to 12-11 and will meet the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed, Harrison, tonight.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at

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