Summit boys’ hoops falls to Arvada |

Summit boys’ hoops falls to Arvada

Bryce Evans
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FARMER’S KORNER – Summit High boys’ basketball coach Phil Tronsrue feels that once his team plays a full 32 minutes in a game, it’ll be able to compete with anybody.

Unfortunately, they played about 16 on Wednesday.

The Tigers struggled early, falling behind 17-6 after the first quarter and, despite a valiant comeback attempt, couldn’t overcome the deficit in a 61-40 los at home against Arvada .

“We dug ourselves into a hole in that first half, then came out and played a whole lot better in the second half,” Tronsrue said. “We handled the pressure better, ran our offense better, (had) better looks, attacked the basket better.”

And it was Michael Leopold who helped lead that turnaround. The senior forward had two steals, two blocks and six points in the fourth quarter alone, pushing Summit within nine points of Arvada at midway through the final period.But the scoring dried up for the Tigers, and Arvada finished off the decisive win.

Leopold led the team with 16 points, while sophomore Markeith McDonald chipped in eight. Senior Keynan Roggasch had five.

The Tigers (3-5, 0-1) are back in action Friday when they travel to play Green Mountain High School at 7 p.m.

Pitted against another strong league foe, Tronsrue knows exactly what his team needs to do.

“It’s just consistency,” he said. “We can’t play 14 or 16 minutes really well. We have to play 32 minutes. That’s what we have to get to, and when we get there, we’ll be a good ball club, we’ll be able to play with anybody out there.”

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