Tiger boys drop regular season finale to Englewood … somehow
ENGLEWOOD – In what Summit High School boys basketball coach Mike Rathgeber called “the weirdest game I’ve ever coached,” the Tigers played about as well as possible by the numbers but lost to a hot-shooting Englewood team on the road Thursday night, 70-63.The Pirates hit 14 3-pointers, two off the league record, to end Summit’s regular season at 12-11 overall and 4-5 in the 4A Jeffco League. Englewood, always dangerous because of its perimeter prowess (the Pirates hit 14 and 15 3’s in games earlier this season), improved to 8-15 and 4-5 with the win.Before sharing his team’s numbers after the game, Rathgeber, still relatively upbeat despite the defeat, said: “I’ve never seen stats like this after a loss. I look at our stat sheet, and I can’t fathom us losing this game.”Summit shot nearly 50 percent from the field, grabbed 31 rebounds and turned the ball over only 10 times. Seniors Aaron George (20 points), Kylor Dossett (10 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds), Mike Holloway (16 points) and Garrison Green (11 points) played about as well as a unit can play.Yet Summit still lost for the first time in two weeks. The Tigers appeared in good shape to receive a home game in the state tournament when seedings are announced on Sunday, but now they will probably be on the road.Summit also could’ve secured third place in the parity-riddled Jeffco League with a win, but dropped all the way to seventh instead. “I hope the selection committee sees this league for what it is,” Rathgeber said, “because I’ve never seen anything like it.”On Thursday, the Tigers jumped out to a quick 16-2 lead and appeared on their way to a rout. But Englewood didn’t blink. Summit had designed its defense to prevent open looks from beyond the arc, and the Tigers executed the strategy for the most part. The hosts still managed to hit shots with hands in their faces, even stepping farther beyond the line when they needed more space.”I was warned that they can shoot the lights out, and they did,” Rathgeber said.The coach made a point to compliment the games of George and Dossett, who played almost flawlessly together in the backcourt. Not only did Dossett miss a triple-double by just a single rebound, but all of George’s shots came at critical times, Rathgeber said.With regard to his team’s overall record, Rathgeber pointed out, “Now everyone’s 0-0.”Devon O’Neil can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or email@example.com.
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