Summers returns home to lead upset of Vikings
It was a homecoming of sorts for Douglas High junior guard Nick Summers, and a successful one at that.
The 6-foot guard-forward, who spent his freshman year at 2A Whittell High before transferring to Douglas last year, scored 16 points to help the visiting Tigers upset favored South Tahoe 63-53 in overtime Saturday night.
Luke Rippee added 12 for the Tigers, including six in a 10-0 overtime surge against the Vikings, who got 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked
shots from 6-8 center Curtis Johnson.
“It was fun tonight,” said Summers, whose older brother, Jake, is a senior at Whittell. “I played against a lot of the guys on their team and in the stands when I was in Little League and Pop Warner.”
Douglas coach Keith Lewis thought Summers played a key role in the outcome.
“Nick played well tonight,” said Lewis, whose team won its first Sierra Division game of the season after three straight
losses. a”He made some big baskets (in the second and third quarters).”
STHS, which thumped North Valleys 67-48 on Friday night, slipped to 2-3 in division.
Summers, the Tigers’ main offensive threat this season, hit two critical free throws in the final 3:07 of regulation. The first gave Douglas a 52-49 lead, and after Chris Perry tied the game with a three-pointer with 2:14 left, Summers regained the lead for the Tigers, 53-52, when he hit one of two foul shots with 1:32 left.
Johnson evened the game at 53 when he hit one of two foul shots with 53.3 left.
Both teams had chances at the end of regulation but missed. Summers and Rippee missed the front end of one-and-one foul shots, and Niko Klansek missed a 20-footer at the buzzer.
Summers missed his only shot in overtime, but the rest of his teammates picked up the slack against the Vikings, who either turned the ball over or put up ill-advised three-pointers in the extra period.
Andy McIntosh and Rippee gave the Tigers a 57-53 lead with back-to-back baskets within a 44-second span. Johnson missed his only overtime shot, but the Tigers failed to capitalize when Eric Emm missed two free
throws with 1:28 left.
After another South Tahoe miss, Rippee was fouled, and he missed two free throws with 49.8 left.
“We tried to leave the door open,” Lewis said.
Both Emm and Rippee redeemed themselves by hitting two free throws apiece to make it 61-53 with 27 ticks left. Rippee got a layup to complete
the scoring and the one-sided overtime run.
“This was thebest we’ve executed all year,” Lewis said. “We hit some big shots (down the stretch), and we had a lot of guys play big minutes off the bench and produce.
“I’m surprised they didn’t try to pound the ball inside more (in the second half and overtime). We did a good job of fronting, and maybe they didn’t have the confidence to make that over-the-top pass.”
Not hardly, according to South Lake coach Derek Allister, who was disappointed with his team’s play late in the game.
“We had turnovers and missed free throws,” Allister said. “When we were walking off the court at halftime, I felt even though we had the lead (31-22) we weren’t scoring right.
“We had guys that thought they could win it on their own. Threes are fool’s gold. You don’t win basketball games that way. We got into the double bonus, and we stopped throwing it into Curtis.”
The comeback started innocently enough. Trailing 41-32 with 1:05 left in the third quarter, Anthony Walter hit two free throws and Tyler Hales followed in a missed shot to slice the deficit to 41-36 after three periods.
Douglas, led by Rippee and Emm, went on a 13-3 run to take a 49-45 lead with 4:18 left. Emm had two three-pointers and Rippee added five points in that span. From there, the game was tied at 49, 52 and 53.
“Everybody contributed tonight I thought,” Summers said.
Indeed. Emm had eight points off the bench as did Walter. Chris Honer grabbed seven rebounds, and Bryan Miller gave Douglas an early lift with two buckets before giving way to Rippee.
Perry finished with 13 points and Klansek 11 for the Vikings, which missed an opportunity to pull into a fourth-place tie with Carson in division.
Vikings take best shot from Panthers
South Tahoe was down 15-10 at the end of the first quarter Friday and wasn’t playing particularly well against North Valleys, a school that’s only two years deep in its basketball program.
The Panthers hit three 3-pointers in first quarter, and were preparing for an equally strong second quarter when they began to lose steam and miss jumpers that seemed to go in before.
South Tahoe broke loose with 20 points in the second quarter and held the Panthers to eight to take a 30-23 halftime lead on the way to a 67-48 win.
In the second quarter seniors Johnson scored nine, Klansek added eight and Perry chipped in with three.
“They played hard,” said Viking head coach Derek Allister about the Panthers, “but they’re a jump-shooting team, and rarely can you make jump shots the whole game.”
The Panthers also tired of pounding the Vikings defense — a wall that’s held Reno to 41 and Wooster to 50.
“I’m very pleased with our defense this year … I think the guys understand what we’re trying to do with the half court defense,” Allister added.
The one area the Vikings need work is the area that didn’t seem to falter Friday.
Perry and Klansek both had 17 points and Johnson racked up another double double with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Also adding to the Vikings’ offense were Eric Domingo with six and Phil Griffith and Keenyn Wallace with five each.
— Tribune sportswriter contributed to this story.
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