Tigers upset Golden in huge home win
FARMER’S KORNER – This is why no team will want to draw Summit in the state tournament. This is why the .500 record truly doesn’t matter.In front of a deafening, raucous home crowd and needing a win in the worst of ways, the Summit High School boys basketball team shocked highly touted Golden on Wednesday night, 74-71. The shocker wasn’t the victory alone, though; the shocker was the manner in which it occurred. The Tigers never trailed, and led by as many as 18 points en route to evening their record at 10-10. They had lost six of eight going in.”I knew it was going to be a tough game,” Golden coach John Anderson said, “but I had no idea it would be a blowout. It ended up being a three-point game, but they blew us out. This makes their season. They’re going to the state tournament now because they beat us.”The Tigers still have three more regular-season games, but Wednesday’s win over the 14th-ranked Demons should be plenty to push them into the tournament – and it might even be enough to help get them a decent seed.
Golden, which had its sights set on a 4A Jeffco League championship, dropped to 13-7 overall and 5-2 in league play.Playmaking senior guard Kylor Dossett scored 22 points in the win for Summit, none bigger than his tone-setting 3-pointer to open the game. Dossett also had six steals and five rebounds, and played a key role in beating Golden’s pressure throughout the second half.The biggest surprise for Summit – and perhaps the biggest key – was the play of senior center Mike Holloway. Holloway has shown glimpses of dominance this year, but hadn’t taken charge in the scoring column the way his team expected him to at season’s beginning.That changed on Wednesday after a pregame ultimatum from SHS coach Mike Rathgeber, who told Holloway to “get a little selfish and start shooting” or he’d take him out of the game.The co-captain Holloway responded with a career-best 26 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, when the game suddenly shifted from blowout to tension city. He hit from all over the floor, even pulling up for rare jumpers on multiple occasions.
“I couldn’t miss tonight,” said Holloway, who also grabbed four rebounds, dished out four assists and blocked three shots. “The hoop was huge.”With Summit leading 57-39 and “We will rock you!” booming over the loudspeaker early in the fourth quarter, the proud Demons decided they’d had enough. They hit six 3-pointers in the final eight minutes, and cut the lead to four with 31 seconds left. Not to be outdone, Summit sophomore Clint Hamilton came up with a huge block with 18 seconds to go, and Garrison Green hit two of his four late free throws to preserve the win. Golden’s Mike Van De Bogart (22 points) couldn’t handle an inbounds pass with 2.9 seconds left and his team down three, then Cole Hinnen – who dunked twice in the game – heaved a desperation shot well short at the buzzer.Green finished with 11 points and six rebounds, and Hamilton scored eight and grabbed six boards of his own while starting in place of injured senior Aaron George, who scored seven clutch points off the bench.
Summit’s student section – which included green-painted fans and did everything from screaming choreographed cheers to breakdancing on the court during timeouts – stormed the court after the game.”I want to publicly thank the kids for coming out, and I want to beg them to come back for Evergreen,” Rathgeber said.Summit hosts the Cougars on Friday night at 7 p.m.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at email@example.com.
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