Tiger boys get No. 9 seed for state tourney
FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit High School boys basketball team has learned its postseason fate, and it begins with the number nine. The Tigers drew a ninth seed for the 48-team 4A state tournament, which kicks off this weekend, and will face eighth-seeded Liberty in their opener. Summit ended its regular season at 12-11 before becoming the first SHS boys hoops team to make the state tourney in 16 years; Liberty goes in to Friday’s game at 11-11.The two teams will play at 6:45 p.m. at the sub-regional site of the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed, Harrison. This actually is an advantage for Liberty, because both schools are located in Colorado Springs.Still, SHS coach Mike Rathgeber said his team welcomes the challenge, particularly the looming matchup with top-ranked Harrison (22-1, unbeaten against 4A schools) should the Tigers win. “We will certainly get an opportunity to see how good we truly are and how we stack up against the very best,” Rathgeber said. “That’s the kind of undiluted challenge we’re looking for.”Summit and the Lancers, on paper, are evenly matched. The Tigers play a bit more of a perimeter game, while Liberty makes its living more on the low blocks.Kylor Dossett, one of the top guards in the state’s 4A class, leads Summit from the point, averaging 14.4 points per game, six rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.8 steals. Garrison Green is Summit’s second-leading scorer (12.3 points per game) and the Tigers’ leading rebounder (6.7 per game).Forward Mike Holloway averages 10.9 points and 6.4 rebounds, shooting a team-best 60.6 percent from the field. Holloway enters state play on a tear: He’s averaged 18.3 points on 33-of-48 shooting over his last four games.Liberty has hit just 98 3-pointers as a team (Summit’s top 3-point shooter, guard Aaron George, has 97 of his own), and only two Lancers have made more than nine. Liberty has outrebounded its opponents, 629-357, and is led by Ben Feilmeier (13.4 points per game) and Sean Reed (12.3). Reed, however, has struggled of late.Tip-ins: Summit was one of eight Jeffco League teams to make the state tournament … The Tigers (seventh place in Jeffco) are 3-1 against common opponents, while Liberty (sixth place in the Colorado Springs Metro League) is 1-2.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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