Tiger boys drop gut-wrencher by a point
FARMER’S KORNER – It was another night of shouldas and couldas for the Summit High School boys basketball team.Hosting Jeffco League rival Elizabeth, the Tigers shot 23-of-72 – including a number of missed layups – and gave up an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter to drop a gut-wrencher Friday night, 60-59.Summit had a chance to tie or take the lead with 3.5 seconds left and senior Ben Clark on the line for a one-and-one. But before Clark released his first shot the referee called SHS senior forward Garrison Green for a lane violation, saying Green was illegally below the free-throw line even though he was standing outside the 3-point arc.The call aside, SHS coach Mike Rathgeber said, “It should’ve never come down to officiating.”
The 6-foot-6 Green, who rarely stands outside the key on free throws, later said he had “no idea” the rule existed.Summit dropped to 9-10 overall and 1-4 in league play. Elizabeth, which had lost five straight going in, improved to 6-10 and 1-4.”Any win’s a big win for us right now,” Elizabeth coach Jake Webb said.In a game full of lead changes and shifts in momentum, Summit appeared to land the deciding punch with a 12-2 third-quarter run that keyed a 49-38 advantage entering the final eight minutes.The Cardinals turned on the pressure early in the fourth, though, and Summit couldn’t withstand it. The Tigers turned the ball over four times in the first four minutes, with Elizabeth converting on the other end to whittle the lead to 51-49.
“It was without a doubt the biggest concentration of poor choices I’ve seen,” Rathgeber said of Summit’s turnovers.Still, the hosts responded with a counterattack once again, punctuated when Jordan McCarthy knocked down a 3 from the wing to put Summit up 56-49 with 2:50 to play.Elizabeth stormed back to take a 58-57 lead before Clark’s layup on a Kylor Dossett feed gave the Tigers a 59-58 advantage with less than a minute to go. Senior Vince Villavencencio then sunk the deciding basket on Elizabeth’s next possession, with 15 seconds left.Clark might have had a chance to win it on his second free throw after he wrestled down a rebound under the basket as time wound down, but the violation nullified it. Green said he gave up his spot in the key to Dossett, who wanted a chance to tip in a rebound if Clark missed.It all amounted to Summit’s sixth loss in eight games.
“We should’ve won this game,” said SHS senior Mike Holloway, who finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Green led the team with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Dossett slashed his way to 10 points and seven assists, while Clark posted eight points and seven rebounds in one of his strongest all-around games, despite missing most of the third quarter due to foul trouble.Summit finished with a season-high 44 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Tigers from dropping “absolutely, positively, deep in a hole in terms of the (state) tournament,” Rathgeber said. “They have to play out of it.”Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at email@example.com.
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