Huskies hold off Tigers, 58-50
EDWARDS — The Coach T Bowl went to Battle Mountain.
Sure the Ohio State Buckeyes brought down the curtain on bowl season by beating Oregon on Monday. On Tuesday night, it was Summit County coach Phil Tronsrue against Huskies coach Tom Padilla at Battle Mountain in Edwards.
Advantage to Tom in the Huskies’ 58-50 4A Slope win.
In some ways, the result was preordained before the festivities got underway. Summit was without senior guard Jason Engel, who was coming off a 21-point game against Eagle Valley last week. Meanwhile, Battle Mountain’s Owen Riley was in his happy place.
Riley went off for 25 points as the Huskies moved to 4-6 overall and leveled their conference mark at 2-2.
Riley started things with a shot from way downtown. That was the first of four 3s in the first half for No. 3. Riley knocked down two from the charity stripe and then fed Abdoulaye Dath, 12 points on the night, on a home-run ball for a layup.
By the time Riley had struck for the third time in the first quarter and Cruz Villalobos had a layup, the Huskies were out to an 18-6 lead.
Summit started to get its footing during the second quarter with three buckets underneath from Zach Johnson, but yet another 3 by Riley and a Chase Keep score restored order at 30-13.
Credit Summit with a never-say-die attitude. Trailing by as much as 19 in the third quarter, the Tigers cut the margin to single digits at 49-42 with 2:05 left. Battle Mountain missed two front ends of 1-and-1s, and could have been forgiven for having Delta flashbacks. (The Huskies lost in overtime to the Panthers after missing a bunch of free throws.)
Jesus Moya dropped a 13-footer with 1:10 left in the game to make it 50-44. Thomas DeBonville added two more from the line with 1:01 as the Tigers crept to within 51-46.
Battle Mountain’s Chase Keep, Fabian Chavira and Riley finally made some freebies to end it.
Moya, DeBonville and Johnson all ended up with 11 points each for the Tigers.
Summit (1-8 and 1-2) hosts Delta on Friday, while Battle Mountain welcomes Palisade into Edwards.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.