Huskies boys notch second win
Because of this, a furious late-game rally by the Summit High School boys basketball team fell short. Battle Mountain, with its big inside duo of Beau Beckley and Blake Gammon, had built too big a lead (23-points in the third quarter), and they held on for a 77-72 win.
“Our inability to handle a quality inside player is still hurting us,” said Summit coach Mike Rathgeber. “That was a big thing for them, and it was a big negative for us.”
Summit (1-7) went to its large lineup, playing both big men – Mike Holloway and Alan Widdifield – at the same time. It also switched out of its preferred man-to-man defense into a zone to give help in the post.
But Gammon and Beckley were still too much. Beckley finished with 22 points, and Gammon had 15. After spearheading a 21-3 Huskies run to open the second half, the two gave way to Battle Mountain’s second stringers in the fourth quarter.
The decision to play subs nearly cost Battle Mountain the victory, because the Tigers took full advantage of the underclassmen. Summit scored 31 points in the fourth quarter and got as close as 76-71 in the final two minutes.
Casey Anderson, who finished with 21 points, and Dan Soller, who had 14, led the late charge. Back-up point guard Aaron Harvey and junior Paul Middel also hit some key shots.
“My kids don’t quit,” Rathgeber said. “They know they have to go hard right to the end, and it’s gonna pay off for them.”
Battle Mountain coach Philip Tronsrue became concerned enough to rise to his feet and call a time out late in the fourth quarter. He decided to keep his back ups in the game, a move he hopes will pay off for the team later this year and next.
“I think it’s a good confidence builder for them,” Tronsrue said. “Even though they gave up a lot of points, as close as it got, they maintained their composure, they settled things down at the end and they made a few free throws.”
Junior Jimmy Feeney iced the game by blocking an Anderson 3-point attempt that would have pulled the Tigers within three points in the final minute.
Summit hung in with a 28-23 halftime deficit because of solid shooting from the perimeter. They will need to maintain that throughout a game as the Jefferson County League season continues Tuesday against Sheridan.
“We’re doing more things right than wrong,” Rathgeber said, “but it’s still not enough to get us over the top.”
Jason Starr can be reached at (970) 668-3998 Ext. 231 or at firstname.lastname@example.org