Tigers drop to 1-3 in Jeffco | SummitDaily.com

Tigers drop to 1-3 in Jeffco

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Senior Ben Clark tries to thread two Kent players in third quarter action Saturday night at Farmer's Korner.

LAKEWOOD – The up-and-down Summit High School boys basketball team dropped back to .500 with a 56-50 loss at Alameda on Wednesday night, the Tigers’ third loss in four Jeffco League games.Garrison Green led Summit with 22 points, but a slow start doomed the Tigers once again. Alameda hit its first three shots from beyond the 3-point arc, and jumped out to a 21-12 lead after the first quarter. The Pirates led 31-22 at halftime.

“It was another case where we won the second half but lost the game,” SHS coach Mike Rathgeber said. “The second half didn’t matter because of how we started. On the road we just can’t come out as soft as we did against a team like Alameda.”Summit now stands at 9-9 overall, 1-3 in league play. The Pirates improved to 10-7 and 3-1. Seniors Kylor Dossett (14 points) and Aaron George (10) also scored in double figures for Summit, but the Tigers didn’t make it happen on defense, despite three different looks Rathgeber tried.

On offense, SHS shot a solid 18-for-36 from inside the arc and made 12 of its 14 free throws. Still, 2-of-11 3-point shooting turned the Tigers’ bread and butter into a negative.”You live and die by it, I guess,” Rathgeber said.Summit had three possessions to cut a 55-50 lead to either three or two in the final 2:30, but couldn’t score on any of them.

It won’t get any easier when another good Jeffco team, Elizabeth, visits SHS on Friday night. “The problem is this league,” Rathgeber said. “This is a brutal league.”Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at doneil@summitdaily.com.

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