Tiger boys get second straight crucial win
FARMER’S KORNER – Mike Holloway’s gut sure picked a good time to start growling. With Holloway leading the scoring charge for the second straight game, the Summit High School boys basketball team picked up another crucial win, beating a good Evergreen team 54-47 on Senior Night Friday at Farmer’s Korner.The senior co-captain Holloway scored a team-high 17 points to go along with six rebounds and four blocks. Two nights earlier he led the team with a career-best 26 points on 12-of-14 shooting in a riveting upset of Golden.
Holloway, 6-foot-4 with a naturally soft shooting touch from the outside, hadn’t been utilizing his skills until recently. Almost mysteriously, he said, the fire arrived this week and hasn’t left.”For some reason nowadays, right before we start playing, I just get this little rush in me that gets me going,” he said. “I don’t know. It hadn’t been doing it all season until the Golden game. Now, 30 seconds before they announce me, I just get this little gut check and start feeling fired up, start feeling intense.”Summit hadn’t beaten Golden or Evergreen since joining the 4A Jeffco League three years ago. In fact, both the Demons and the Cougars had routed the Tigers by margins that routinely hovered near 30.Everything changed this week, when Summit suddenly started playing to its potential for full games, instead of halves.
“We’re back to having that swagger, and we’re not afraid of anybody,” SHS coach Mike Rathgeber said. “I look into the kids’ eyes, and I don’t see fear.”Before the Tigers pulled away with a 9-0 run in the early stages of the fourth quarter, the game was every bit as evenly matched as the two teams’ records suggested it would be.The lead changed hands eight times – six in the first half – before Summit improved to 11-10, 3-4 in Jeffco League play. Evergreen, which boasts a 4A state power ranking of 22 thanks to wins over powerhouse Ralston Valley and a number of 5A teams, dropped to 10-11 and 3-4.Making the win even sweeter for the Tigers was the fact that members of the state tournament selection committee were in the stands to witness it. Before Friday, Summit had lost its only game the committee had watched.
“(The committee member) said ‘We weren’t going to come; we were done with you. But then you beat Golden and we decided, well let’s go up and see them again,'” Rathgeber said. Seniors Garrison Green and Kylor Dossett joined Holloway in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively. The co-captain Dossett also grabbed 11 rebounds, and Green snatched seven.All five of Summit’s starters are seniors, and on Friday the entire quintet contributed. Aaron George scored six points on two big 3-pointers and finished with seven rebounds, while Ben Clark scored five points and helped put the game away with late rebounds and free throws.Tip-ins: Summit wraps up its regular season next week on the road against Conifer (Tuesday) and Englewood (Thursday) … Friday night’s game was actually postponed until Saturday at one point due to the power outage that darkened the northern half of the county, but when the lights returned school officials decided to start it an hour later than originally scheduled.
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