Tigers hot, Huskies not as Summit boys cruise to win
EAGLE-VAIL – It was a case of polar opposites Tuesday night when the Summit boys basketball team came calling on Battle Mountain.
The visiting Tigers got scoring from up and down the bench, while Battle Mountain’s offense was as cold as the snowdrifts piled up outside the gym in Eagle-Vail, as Summit breezed to a 71-32 win.
“We wanted to rotate people through and keep them fresh. And it worked,” Summit coach Michael Rathgeber said.
“We had four double-digit scorers and that’s what we want to do. We want to play with nine. We feel like we have nine who can play. Everybody contributes. It’s just luck of the draw we have depth.”
Those aforementioned four Tigers were Kylor Dossett (13 points), Aaron George (12), Danny Soller (11) and Mike Holloway (10). Summit’s Preston Johnson almost made it a quintet with eight points.
This one was never in doubt as the Tigers sprinted out to an 18-6, first-quarter lead. Summit led 31-17 at halftime, and everything came apart for Battle Mountain in the second half.
After posting just four field goals in the first half, the Huskies made just one shot from the floor in the second – with just seven minutes left in the game – courtesy of Connor Drumm, who led Battle Mountain with nine points.
In all, Battle Mountain shot 5-for-34 from the field and the Huskies’ only saving grace was that they were 22-for-27 from the line.
“They were getting everything and we couldn’t throw it in the ocean,” Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue said.
While Battle Mountain struggled mightily, the Tigers were more than willing to capitalize, outscoring the hosts, 40-14, in the second half.
“We expected a close game. We had close games with Battle (Mountain),” Rathgeber said.
“We just came out to play. It was a total team effort.
“We knew Battle (Mountain) liked to shoot 3s. We wanted to take the 3-ball away from them, and that was our main focus.”
With the win, Summit moved to 4-3 on the season.
The Tigers are next in action Saturday at Lutheran at 4 p.m.
Meanwhile, Tronsrue and company have to pick up the pieces with an eye toward their league opener at Glenwood Springs on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
“I told these guys they need to get something out of it and, hopefully, a spanking like this motivates them,” Tronsrue said.
“They need to come back and work harder, work together as a team and work on execution and get after it so we can compete in the league.”
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