Tigers rout Lake by 30 in home opener
FARMER’S KORNER – In a game for “individual development,” the Summit High School boys basketball team put up a remarkable 85 points on visiting Lake County to win in a rout Tuesday, 85-55.All 10 players on Summit’s roster scored and nine of them scored six points or more, as the Tigers took control early and never allowed their southern neighbors into the game.The win – Summit’s second straight since a last-second defeat to Skyview in the season opener – brought the Tigers’ record to 2-1. Lake County fell to 1-3 with its third straight loss.”Everybody’s got to have an easy win once in a while,” SHS coach Mike Rathgeber said. “We had two tough ones to open up with and an easy one tonight. We deserved this game.”
Seniors Garrison Green and Ben Clark led the Tigers with 17 and 14 points, respectively. Jordan McCarthy scored 10 off the bench in an attack as balanced as they get when the score goes that high.Clark, in particular, sparked Summit early. After struggling to find his shot the first two games (“I didn’t do anything”), the small forward came out firing on Tuesday, taking a 3 on Summit’s first possession and scoring 10 first-half points in limited time.”We’ve been waiting for that from Ben for a while, and we hope he doesn’t look back now, because he’s a great shooter,” Rathgeber said.”I had my shot tonight, first time all year,” said Clark. “I was just shooting with confidence, taking it and making it.”Anticipating an easier test than that which he had the first two games, Rathgeber platooned his 10-man team throughout the game, subbing five for five and virtually splitting each half between the starters and reserves.
The ploy led to some sloppy play at times – “They couldn’t get a rhythm,” said the coach – but it was all part of the plan.”Tonight evaluating individuals was more important than evaluating the team,” Rathgeber said. “It was about individual development.”Summit committed eight first-quarter turnovers and 24 in the game, but still coasted to the expected victory.The only real drama came late in the fourth quarter, when the game was all but decided. The 6-foot-6 Green had three consecutive tries at a dunk, but settled for layups with too little left in his legs. Summit’s crowd and bench went wild each time he went up with the ball in his hands, then roared in good-spirited dismay after he made the layups (who can dunk first in a game has been a quiet contest between the Tigers so far this year).After the game Green wasn’t thinking about his 17 points. His mind was on what wasn’t to be.
“The first one, I got up enough but the ball came out,” he said, smiling at the ground. “The other two, I don’t know. My legs were gone. I’m pretty disappointed in my performance. I’m going to take some heat for it.”In addition to the three double-digit scorers, Mike Holloway scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds; Chris Nowakiwsky scored eight; Aaron George finished with seven; Kylor Dossett scored six points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out six assists; Clint Hamilton and Luis Rios each scored six; and Marc Miller added seven rebounds in his first varsity action.Summit returns to the floor Tuesday night at Rifle.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at email@example.com.
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