Summit outgunned by enormous D’Evelyn |

Summit outgunned by enormous D’Evelyn

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

FARMER’S KORNER ” To say the D’Evelyn High School boys basketball team is bigger than most would be a bit of an understatement. With 11 out of their 14 players standing 6 feet or taller, the Jaguars were the tallest team Summit High School has faced all season.

“They’re the tallest team in the state of Colorado in 4A,” Summit coach Mike Rathgeber said.

D’Evelyn’s size and athleticism proved to be too much for Summit on Friday as the Tigers lost 72-47.

Andrew Hooper, listed as 6-foot-9 in the game program, is the Jaguars’ tallest player and most dominating force. The junior standout had 17 points including three 3-pointers against Summit.

“D’Evelyn has legitimate college-level post players,” Rathgeber said. “There were two division one colleges here tonight looking at Hooper.”

Summit’s taller players were no slouches against D’Evelyn frontcourt, however, as three of them reached double figures in scoring.

Clint Hamilton led the Tigers with 11 points, four rebounds and three blocks. Tucker Shelden and Alex Shackleton added 10 points apiece.

Shackleton, who gave up close to 6 inches to Hooper, had to be crafty to earn his points in the paint.

“It was really hard, I had to play smart,” the 6-foot-3 Shackleton said. “The guards did a good job of getting me the ball in the right positions.”

Despite the Jaguars’ anomalous height, their victory on Friday was due mostly to their proficient 3-point shooting.

D’Evelyn hit a scorching 11-of-22 3’s while the Tigers sank 2-of-6. The Jaguars’ marksmanship was ironic, considering they entered the game with a 3-point shooting percentage of just 27 percent.

“We expected the tall guys, we’ve heard all about them,” Shackleton said. “But we didn’t expect them to start lighting it up from the outside.”

“We played them to shoot 27 percent by completely defending the paint,” Rathgeber said. “Once they started raining 3’s, it put our game plan right in the garbage.”

In light of D’Evelyn’s inside strength and typically poor long-range shooting, Rathgeber decided his team’s best bet was to come out in a zone defense. Summit’s 1-2-2 zone was effective during the first half but after intermission, the Jaguars began to find their range.

“I told the kids at halftime that if we didn’t defend the paint it was over,” Rathgeber said. “We had to give them the three … I figure if they make them after not making them for 14 games, god bless ’em they deserve to beat us.”

In addition to the Jaguars’ outside shooters heating up the second half, their running game also began to click as Summit’s fatigue set in.

“We like to play a slow game,” Shackleton said. “They ran on us and we got winded; then they just kept running on us.”

Summit (5-11) returns to action today when it travels to Colorado Academy for a 4 p.m. contest.

Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631 or at

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