Tigers go down to powerhouse Kent | SummitDaily.com

Tigers go down to powerhouse Kent

DENVER – They knew they were up against a behemoth. They had no idea it would be like this.Falling behind 31-8 in the first quarter Saturday night, the Summit High School boys basketball team lost by 33 points to Kent Denver, the top-ranked 3A team in Colorado, 79-46. The Tigers trailed by as many as 47 points while kicking off a brutal three-game stretch that also includes dates with Ralston Valley and D’Evelyn, the No. 2 and 4 teams in 4A, respectively.”There’s no one gonna beat them,” SHS coach Mike Rathgeber said of Kent.The 12-1 Sun Devils’ only loss this year came against Thomas Jefferson, the defending 4A state champion. Summit dropped to 5-9 overall with the loss, which came 24 hours after a stinging home defeat to 3-12 Jeffco League foe Englewood.Saturday, Kent came out pressing on defense and running on offense. Both strategies worked for the hosts.”They’re just loaded with athletes,” Rathgeber said. “The whole package. It was the earliest wholesale subbing I’ve ever seen an opponent do to us.”Summit’s versatile junior star, Clint Hamilton, used his 6-foot-5 frame to pour in a game-high 21 points. Senior center Alex Shackleton added 11 and junior guard Tucker Shelden chipped in six.Now, Summit must weather the storm that continues at home Wednesday night, when Ralston Valley comes to town. “We figure we’re playing two future state championship teams this week,” Rathgeber said. “Kent for sure, and then Ralston and D’Evelyn – I figure one of them’s going to win it in 4A.”It’s going to seem awful easy after these three,” the coach said.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13630, or doneil@summitdaily.com.

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