SHS boys hoops humbled by big shots |

SHS boys hoops humbled by big shots

ARVADA – JeffCo League organizers weren’t thinking of the best interest of the Summit High School boys basketball team when they designed the season schedule and slated the Tigers’ final games against three of the top teams in the league.

The Tigers went down 83-35 to the Ralston Valley Mustangs Tuesday night, and have to face Evergreen tonight, which recently beat No. 1 D’Evely. Then, the Tigers go up against Golden next week, which beat Ralston Valley.

Considering Tuesday’s game pitted Summit against a team that is 14-2 for the season and has a 6-foot-11 center with full-ride Division 1 scholarship offers, Summit did its best.

“Ralston was bigger, stronger and faster,” Rathgeber said. “My kids played as well as they could play. It’s as much as I could ask of this team or any team.”

Rathgeber said to call Tuesday’s game “ugly” would be an understatement.

“They’re loaded,” he said of the Mustangs. “They have the whole package – they played textbook defense, had perimeter shooters … I tip my hat to them.”

Although Rathgeber isn’t too pleased about his team’s schedule this season, or its 3-13 record and is not banking on beating Evergreen tonight or Golden next week, he said the team is never short on effort, and said his players will finish the season knowing they gave it their all.

“I want to make sure that when they look in the mirror after the 18th game, they say they tried their hardest,” he said. “They’ve done more than most people can do. They came out and played a game of basketball. We’re not curing cancer here. We throw the ball up and play the best we can. It’s about effort.”

The Tigers play Evergreen at 7 p.m. today at Summit High School.

Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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