Summit High School: Boys’ basketball ends season with 22nd loss
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Summit County, Co Colorado
FARMER’S KORNER ” The crowd was silent as Summit High senior guard Erik Brooks toed the free throw line for his second attempt. There was 5 seconds left in the game, in the Tigers’ season and in Brooks’ career.
He needed just one point, one free throw to set a new school record for points in a season.
The ball arced through the air and through the hoop for Brooks’ 343rd point of the
The SHS student section erupted, and when the final horn sounded, the reality that the Tigers boys’ basketball team had just gone winless was ” for a moment ” forgotten.
“I missed the first free throw and I was like, ‘Oh crap,’ because I didn’t know if I needed one or two more (points),” Brooks said, noting that it was the fans in the student section that had been keeping track.
The record setting moment capped off a 62-51 loss to Golden High School at home, Wednesday, that left the Tigers with an 0-22 final record.
Despite the loss, Summit played one of its best games of the season, staying with one of the top teams in the state for nearly the entire game.
“I was proud of them, they played hard,” SHS head coach Mark Ruybal said of his team. “We held the best team in our conference to, what I think is, their season low.”
Brooks led the Tigers with 18 points, while fellow senior Talon Roggasch scored nine for Summit.
“We knew it was our last game of the season and we had nothing to lose,” Brooks said. “So we came out as hard as we can. … They’re our rivals. … We just don’t like them.”
Summit started the game playing suffocating defense, holding Golden to just four points in the first quarter. Unfortunately, the Tigers couldn’t take advantage on offense, keeping the score tied at 4-4.
“We were clicking tonight on ‘D,'” Roggasch said.
After Golden hit a quick 3-point shot to start the second quarter, sophomore Keynan Roggasch scored seven straight points for Summit to take an 11-7 lead.
Junior Ross Jackson knocked down a pair of free throws to put the Tigers on top 17-15 moments later, but Golden closed the half on a 7-2 run and took a three-point lead into the break.
Golden began to slowly pull away in the third quarter, despite five points from SHS junior Taylor Troutman. The visitors finished the quarter on a 14-3 run and took a 46-32 lead.
Although Summit made a few fourth-quarter runs to keep the game within 10 points, Golden’s shooting proved to be too much.
Despite the loss, the Summit players were positive about the way their team played.
“They’re the number eight team in the state, and we’re number 64, which is last,” Brooks said. “We almost beat one of the top teams in the league. It’s good to end on.”
In a season with few highlights and even less wins, Brooks’ statistical accomplishments stand out. The senior set a new school record by making 61 3-point shots and by scoring more points than any other player in school history.
Beyond that, it was the team’s effort and commitment in such adversity that will be left in the minds of all who watched.
“It says a lot about the kids that stayed out and didn’t back out of it,” Roggasch said of his team’s effort even in a winless season. ” … It’s hard to not win a game and keep on doing something that you might not want to do. For the sake of your pride and the team, everyone hung through, and I’m proud of every single player that stuck with it.”
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