SHS boys hoops stunned by hungrier Bears
RIFLE – The Summit High School boys basketball team had a chance to make a statement against one of the top 4A teams in the mountains Tuesday night. Instead, the Tigers lost to Rifle by 20 points, 63-43, in what SHS coach Mike Rathgeber called a “horrible showing.””It was unquestionably the worst game I’ve seen a Summit team play since I’ve been here,” said Rathgeber, who has coached the Tigers for four years. “We didn’t show up, plain and simple. That’s the only way I can describe it.”The Tigers were outrebounded by the shorter Bears 40-18. Summit, which starts a frontcourt of 6-foot-6 Garrison Green, 6-foot-4 Mike Holloway and 6-foot-3 Ben Clark, went into the game averaging 36 rebounds per game.”Eight-teen rebounds!” Rathgeber said. “With all our height! We got murdered on the glass.”
Although Summit kept it close in the first half, Rifle opened up a 39-28 lead at halftime and, as Rathgeber put it, “stuck it to us good in the second half.”Senior guard Kylor Dossett led the Tigers with 14 points, and Holloway added 10.Summit didn’t help itself from beyond the arc, either, an area that usually is friendly to the Tigers. Tuesday the team combined to shoot just 4-for-19 on 3-point attempts, further hamstringing the effort to come from behind. They went into the game making 51 percent of their 3’s.Rifle, on the other hand, made 71 percent of its shots in the second half.
Summit dropped to 2-2 on the year, while the Bears improved to 3-1.The loss sent the Tigers into this weekend’s Holiday Hoopla tournament in a different situation than they’d anticipated when the year began. Instead of breezing through a three-day stint filled with sure-thing wins, Summit now will face 3A Clear Creek (5-0) on Thursday, before going up against Platte Canyon and West Grand the following two days.The problem so far, Rathgeber said, has been a lack of fire.
“My kids are not understanding that they’re the hunted,” he said. “They don’t get it yet.”Thursday night’s game starts at 7 p.m.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at email@example.com.
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