Tiger boys fall to 3-6 with tough defeat to Adams City
It has been a season of near-misses thus far for the Summit High School boys basketball team, and Wednesday night’s game against Adams City was no different.The Tigers did plenty right, except win. They found a way to handle the Eagles’ two star scorers – in the first half. They played virtually mistake-free offense – until the final two minutes of the game. And they finished with three double-digit scorers once again, even if the 3-point shooting woes continued.It all added up to a 49-43 loss at the hands of the Eagles in the second of four games this week in the Jeffco/Skyline Tournament.Summit dropped to 3-6 with the loss, its third in a row.”It’s just a heartbreaker because our kids are doing so many things well,” SHS coach Mike Rathgeber said. “We’re not a bad team. We’re not a 3-6 team. There’s no panic. But we just continue to shoot ourselves in the foot.”Clint Hamilton led three Tigers in double figures with 15 points. Alex Shackleton and Tucker Shelden scored 10 apiece.The Tigers led 7-6 after one quarter, and went into halftime tied at 15 after a late mental lapse erased a 15-11 lead in the final few seconds of the second quarter.Summit rebounded to take a 31-30 lead into the fourth quarter, but Adams City took its first lead with 2:02 to play in the game; from there Summit turned the ball over twice and missed a couple crucial layups to seal the deal.”We undermine all the good things we do,” Rathgeber said, noting his team muscled up against the bigger, stronger, more athletic Eagles on the boards, but shot only 1-of-10 from behind the 3-point arc.The Tigers next play on Friday, when they host a Jeffco/Skyline game at 5:30 p.m.”We’ve got to win the next two,” Rathgeber said. “There’s no wiggle room.”Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13630, or at email@example.com.
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