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SHS boys hoops falls by 28 at No. 4 D’Evelyn

DEVON O'NEIL
summit daily news
Summit County, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Exhale. It’s over.

Not the Summit High School boys basketball team’s season, but a brutal two-game stretch in which the Tigers played the No. 1 and No. 4 teams in the state. Following Summit’s loss at No. 1 Ralston Valley last week, the Tigers succumbed to fourth-ranked D’Evelyn by 28 points Wednesday night, losing 72-44 on the road.

“And quite frankly,” SHS coach Mike Rathgeber said, “I don’t know how (D’Evelyn is) No. 4 and Ralston’s No. 1. They’re much better than Ralston.”

Summit held the Jaguars’ touted 6-foot-9 center well below his 19-point, 12-rebound averages Wednesday night, but the Tigers (11-7, 1-3 in the 4A Jeffco League) struggled to contain any of the other opponents on the floor.

“They’ve got so many weapons,” the SHS coach said of the Jaguars (13-4, 3-0 Jeffco), who have scored 90 points three times this season. “They knocked down eight 3’s. You can’t stop everything.”

Especially if your team is not keeping pace at the other end of the floor, as was the case with Summit on Wednesday. The Tigers struggled again to put the ball in the basket, hitting just 12 of their 42 shots from within the 3-point arc ” including 5-of-24 shooting in the first half.

Tucker Shelden, Summit’s versatile 6-foot-4 point guard, finished with 20 of his team’s 44 points to go along with 11 rebounds. No other Tiger scored more than five.

“Tucker’s just carrying us right now,” Rathgeber said.

As a whole, however, the Tigers are in an offensive “funk,” according to their coach.

Rathgeber acknowledged that the past two opponents have been about as tough as it gets, “but we’re just not answering,” he said. “In December when teams put seven or eight 3’s on us, we’d put six or seven of our own. We know what we’ve got to do, we’ve got to shoot the ball well again.”

Summit’s next four games are all against teams with sub-.500 records. “These are the games that can get us to 14 wins,” Rathgeber said. “And 14 wins gets us a decent (state tournament) seed.”

Summit hosts hapless Jefferson on Friday night.

Devon O’Neil can be reached at doneil@summitdaily.com.


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