Summit High boys basketball makes league tournament |

Summit High boys basketball makes league tournament

Summit's Merrick Crispell takes a shot during the Tigers final home game against Steamboat Springs last week. Crispell's late game steal against Delta in the team's last regular season game Friday sealed a win and earned the team a spot in the Western Slope League tournament.
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With their season on the line last Friday, the Summit Tiger boys basketball team pulled out a 37-35 road win over Delta High School in their regular season final. The win qualified the team for the Western Slope League district tournament. School officials said it will be the team’s first post-season appearance of any kind in roughly eight years. They’ll face first place Glenwood Springs High School in the opening round of the tournament Thursday.

At 5-9 in conference, the Tigers will certainly be the underdog against 14-0 Glenwood, but the Summit players like their chances.

“I think we’ve been getting better and better every game,” Summit senior Merrick Crispell said.

The team went 3-2 in their final five games in order to qualify for the post season. Crispell’s late-game steal helped seal the victory in a close game in the team’s regular season finale at Delta.

“It’s really exciting that we were able to make that happen,” fellow senior Thomas DeBonville said of the game.

While the wins didn’t start coming until the later half of the season, following winter break, the team feels like they’ve found some consistency headed into the regional tournament.

“We had the potential to win all along,” senior shooting guard Jason Engel added. “It just took us awhile to do everything we needed to win.”

Thursday’s opening-round game at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction is win or go home for the Tigers. But if they win they’ll play in two additional games. The top four teams in the tournament move on to the state tournament.

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