Summit boys hoops fall in first round |

Summit boys hoops fall in first round

LAKEWOOD – The Summit High School boys basketball team didn’t let Alameda score a point in the third quarter of its first-round playoff game Monday. But the Pirates used the other three quarters to out-score Summit in a 46-36 win that nullified a valiant Tigers comeback and ended Summit’s season.

The Tigers responded to a 31-10 halftime deficit with an astounding 16-0 third quarter that pulled them to within five points. The fourth quarter, however, started with two Tiger turnovers that led to five quick Alameda points, and Summit never recovered.

“It went to 10 points, and that’s kind of where the game was lost,” said Summit’s Mike Rathgeber as he finished up his first season as the Tigers’ head coach. “We played a hell of a game, and it was really a heart-breaker.”

Summit stymied Alameda’s two best players, center Scott Stecker and point guard Shaun Ervin. Sophomores Mike Holloway and Garrison Green combined to hold Stecker to just three points, and Summit’s soft double on Ervin was equally effective.

Alameda hurt Summit early with a perimeter game that had been dormant most of the season. The Pirates hit four of five 3-pointers in the first quarter to help build a 15-5 lead.

Summit’s third-quarter run was its best piece of basketball all season. The Tigers out-rebounded the Pirates 21-8 in the second half.

“We put a hell of a run on them,” Rathgeber said. “The whole tone of the game changed.”

But the Tigers couldn’t sustain it in the fourth quarter as their deficit hovered around 10 points.

Danny Soller led the Tigers in scoring with nine points, and Green had eight. The Tigers finished the season with a 3-17 overall record.

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