Summit High School’s offense sputters in 66-35 loss |

Summit High School’s offense sputters in 66-35 loss

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FARMER’S KORNER ” All season, the Summit High basketball team has struggled shooting from the field in the first half at the SHS gym. Tuesday night against Wheat Ridge was no different.

Summit only made three field goals in the opening two quarters ” both by senior David Leopold ” and scored only nine points before the break.

The feable start led to an unfavorable ending, as Wheat Ridge handed the Tigers a 66-35 loss.

Senior guard Erik Brooks, who was third in the Jeffco League scoring entering the game, had one idea as to why the lid seems to be over the Tigers’ rim in the early going.

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“I don’t like that rim at all,” Brooks said of the hoop at the east side of the gym. “I think it’s an inch higher, but I can’t prove it. I think we think about that too much.”

Whatever the reason was, Summit certainly couldn’t find a way to score in the early going.

Leopold got the Tigers on the board early, but Wheat Ridge took a 13-2 lead in the first 3 minutes.

Freshman Ross Jackson knocked down a free throw, and Leopold got an offensive rebound off the next attempt to cut the lead to 15-5.

But the Tigers only scored four more points in the first half and failed to hit a field goal in the second quarter.

Trailing 39-9 at the start of the third quarter, Summit still played with intensity.

Brooks knocked down a 3-point shot to start the half, and fellow senior Talon Roggasch hit another 3-pointer on the next possesion.

Roggasch drove the lane for a basket a few moments later, and Brooks brought the lead to under 40 points with another 3-pointer and then a layup off a steal.

Brooks knocked down three more shots in the final quarter, but Summit wasn’t able to get the Wheat Ridge lead any lower, eventually falling by 31 points.

Throughout the night, it seemed that Summit was facing more than just Wheat Ridge on the court. The Tigers were called for 19 fouls on the evening, compared to only six for the visiting team. Wheat Ridge was only whistled for two fouls in the second half, the final one coming wth 15.3 seconds remaining in the game.

“Wheat Ridge is a very good basketball team, they move the ball and they’re strong,” SHS head coach Mark Ruybal said. ” … On top of that, when the foul count is so much against you ” I’ve never been involved in a game where a team commited one foul for almost an entire half ” it’s tough to overvcome a team like that and not be able to get to the line or get calls.

” … Wheat Ridge ” I give them all the credit, though. They are a very good team.”

Brooks led the Tigers with 16 points on the night, all coming in the second half. He leads the league in 3-point field goals made with 56 and is only three more long-range buckets from setting a new single-season record.

Leopold scored 10 points for Summit, and Roggasch added five.

With two games left on the season, the Tigers are still looking for win No. 1.

“It might not always look like it, but we’re better, we’re playing better,” Ruybal said. “It’s just that everyone else is getting better too.”

Summit plays at Arvada on Thursday at 7 p.m., before closing out the season with a home game against Golden on Feb. 18.

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