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Summit boys stuggle in loss to Battle Mtn.

Bryce Evans
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FARMER’S KORNER – Suddenly, Summit started clicking. Sophomore Coy Coker drained a 3-pointer, stole the ball on the next defensive possession and raced down the floor for a layup. The next time down the floor, the Tigers scored again.

They finished the game on a 6-2 run – the lone bright spot on an otherwise abysmal night.

“We played the fourth quarter well,” SHS head coach Phil Tronsrue said. “We did what we wanted to do the whole game in the fourth quarter.”

That was it, though.

The Summit High boys’ basketball team lost to Shrine Pass rival Battle Mountain 63-40 Tuesday night at home. It was the team’s third straight loss coming off winter break, and it was the third straight loss where the team played uninspired.

“I don’t know where guys’ heads are at,” Tronsrue said. ” … We’ve talked about this for three games now, and we need to duplicate that (good run). We’re doing everything we can to stay in that relaxed, competitive state of mind. When we were relaxed, we were pretty good out there.”

Coker led the Tiger offense with 11 points, six coming in the final minutes, and senior Keynan Roggasch had eight points, all coming in the first quarter.

In between the scoring outbursts of those two Tigers, well, Summit struggled to get points.

The Tigers started the game down just 10-8, but a surge from the visiting Huskies left them in a deep 11-point hole at halftime. And it wasn’t that the Tigers were getting severely outplayed; they just couldn’t hit shots.

“We had some really nice attempts and good shot selection and we couldn’t get anything to fall down,” Tronsrue said. “I don’t know what it was … but we just couldn’t make baskets.”

The Tigers had a stretch of four straight possessions in the second quarter where they failed to knock down open shots within 10 feet of the rim.

The second half didn’t get much better. Summit scored just six points in the third, and by the time the offense finally came around midway through the fourth quarter, it was simply too little, too late.

“Right at the end, we loosened up. … We knocked some three-balls down, we hit the middle post, we attacked the basket, and we were playing some pretty good basketball at the end,” Tronsrue sad.

“We need to come out and play at that level, that relaxed and competitive type of level,” he added.

The Tigers (3-7, 0-2) are back in action Friday when they host D’Evelyn in a Jeffco League matchup. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.


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