Second quarter sinks SHS boys’ hoops |

Second quarter sinks SHS boys’ hoops

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FARMER’S KORNER – Besides six minutes of the second quarter Saturday, the Summit High boys’ hoops team outplayed Jefferson High School in nearly every facet of the game. The Tigers made timely shots and even more timely steals on the defensive end and looked nothing like a team that has only won a single game so far this season.

The problem, though, was that six-minute stretch in which Jefferson went on a 21-6 run to close out the first half.

The Tigers could never overcome the deficit and lost 56-41 at home.

“The second quarter has been our Achilles’ heel all year,” SHS head coach Mark Ruybal said. ” … Is it a mental block? Is it our youth, our maturity? I’m not really sure we can put a finger on it right now.”

The one thing the coach knew for certain was that his team played very well the rest of the game.

Junior Keynan Roggasch led the team with 11 points, despite being relegated to the bench much of the game due to foul trouble. Senior Ross Jackson, junior Michael Leopold and freshman Nolan Rookey all chipped in eight points for the Tigers.

Early on, though, it was Summit’s defense that kept them in the game. The Tigers held Jefferson to just 10 points in the first quarter, and until that second-quarter run, the visitors had only had a single field goal in the second.

The run was due in part to Roggasch resting with his fouls and also an added intensity by Jefferson.

“We’ve been able to match teams a lot in the first quarter,” Ruybal said. ” … Then, they raise their level of play, and we just don’t know how to do that yet.”

After halftime, Summit once again went back to playing stellar basketball. Jackson scored a pair of layups off pick-and-rolls, and the Tigers cut the lead to 15 points three different time but could get no closer.

With such a young team (the Tigers play four freshmen in their eight-player rotation), Ruybal said it’s been hard for his team to put together four solid quarters of play.

“This season’s been like a puzzle,” he said with a laugh. “All year, pieces have been fitting, but there always seems to be that little piece missing. And we’re all puzzled.”

He did commend the play of Roggasch, Leopold and Jackson, as well as freshman guard Connor Hebert.

“Connor came in and gave us a little spark in the second half,” Ruybal said.

Hebert had three points in the game, and fellow freshman Coy Coker had two points. Junior Charlie Whittaker scored one point for Summit.

The Tigers (1-13) have three games this week. They take on Evergreen at home Wednesday at 7 p.m. before away games Friday and Saturday against Alameda and Battle Mountain, respectively.

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