Strong effort falls short for SHS boys’ hoops
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FARMER’S KORNER – Head coach Phil Tronsrue couldn’t have been happier with how his team played. The Tigers moved the ball well, attacked the basket, played sound defense and put up some points.
The only disappointing part was the final score: D’Evelyn 74, Summit 53.
“That was easily the best game we’ve played, and we stepped up to the challenges that were there,” Tronsrue said. ” … I’m not happy about a loss, but I’m happy with how we played. We really played so much better than we have in our recent games.”
Really, the Summit boys’ hoops squad looked like a different team than the one that trotted onto the court for losses in the past three games. But despite having three players score in double digits, the Tigers simply couldn’t keep up with a talented and sharp-shooting Jaguars squad Friday night at home.
Sophomore Coy Coker and senior Michael Leopold each had 12 points to lead Summit, and senior Keynan Roggasch had 11.
“D’Evelyn’s a good ball club. We hung with them, but they made shots when they needed to,” Tronsrue said.
The Tigers nearly fought all the way back in the third quarter.
After trailing 38-27 at halftime, Summit gave up a quick layup on the opening possession – then went on a run.
Coker drained a 3-pointer, and Roggasch banged in back-to-back buckets from the paint to pull the Tigers within six.
“We talked about in halftime that we needed to come out with some intensity and that the first minutes would be really key,” Tronsrue said. “We needed to match them, and we actually outplayed them.”
The Tigers slowed up a bit, but continued to hang within striking distance well into the third quarter. That is, before D’Evelyn went on a streak of hitting five 3-point shots in a seven-possession stretch, pushing the game out of reach.
Still, Tronsrue was pleased with how his team played, especially against one of the strongest squads the Tigers will face in Jeffco League play.
“It was a really, really good effort,” the Tiger coach said. “I’m just pleased with how everybody played, how hard they played, how well we attacked.”
And he added that it was even more impressive considering the Tigers’ lethargic play since coming off winter break. Summit was 3-4 before falling to Arvada, Green Mountain and Shrine Pass rival Battle Mountain in the last week – two of which the Tigers certainly could’ve won.
Now, it seems the young squad has turned it back in the right direction, even with having just lost.
“They’ve set the measuring stick, and hopefully we can duplicate that every night. I think we can,” Tronsrue said.
The Tigers (3-8, 0-3) are back in action at Elizabeth High School on Wednesday. The league contest tips off at 7 p.m.
The Summit High girls’ basketball team lost 86-24 Friday night in a league game at D’Evelyn.
Head coach Rachel Dunaway was at a loss for words afterward.
“It was really crazy,” she said.
Despite a large lead early, D’Evelyn pressed the entire game, never letting up even as the game was well out of hand.
Chloe Webber led the Tigers with six points. Taylor Greene had five.
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