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Tigers snatch second victory before holiday break

JOSH SALERNO
Summit Daily News

THORNTON ” When he glanced over the Summit High School boys basketball team’s schedule three weeks ago, Mark Ruybal didn’t think Thursday’s match-up against Skyview was going to be a turning-point game.

The first-year coach now thinks differently.

Despite leading scorer Joe Felton and defensive juggernaut Jordan Sitkoski on the bench, the Tigers (2-4) pulled together for a 52-28 road win against Skyview (0-8) in Thornton.

It was SHS’ final game before the holiday break.

“You hope it’s a turning point,” Ruybal said.

“I don’t think Skyview is going to be a state contender or anything, but we did what we wanted to do.

This was a game we did a lot of things right.”

Felton missed the game because of a back injury and Sitkoski was ineligible to play after receiving two technical fouls in Saturday’s contest against Adams City.

The short-handed Tigers responded.

SHS committed just five turnovers and had three players score in double figures.

Junior David Leopold led the offensive attack with 13 points, while Ryan George and Dan Marion chipped in 12 and 11, respectively.

“(Leopold) really came through for us tonight,” Ruybal said.

“(George) was playing without tape on his (right) hand for the first time and it showed.

Everyone came through for us tonight.”

The Tigers’ stingy defense allowed them to jump out to a 16-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Summit then held the Wolverines to just two second-quarter points.

Ruybal said the Tigers have been improving every game and he hopes the desire and commitment the team has shown will remain during the holiday break.

“I’ve never coached a team where we couldn’t have contact with the kids throughout the whole break,” Ruybal said, “so this is kind of new to me.

We’ve set up some workout schedules for them ” hopefully they’ll stay dedicated. …

I wish I was able to stick with them, but if you have kids who push themselves, they’ll be fine.”

The Tigers will host Clear Creek on Jan. 4.

Josh Salerno can be contacted at (970) 668-4633, or at jsalerno@summitdaily.com.


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