Highlands JV boys basketball team beats Summit at inaugural HS game

Highlands junior varsity boys basketball team hopped on the bus to Cashiers for the first ever high school game at the new Summit Center on Dec. 4. The Highlanders took down the Bears 38-19 and Highlands Coach Bryan Dearth said the boys pulled together as a team to get it done.

“They really were unselfish,” he said. “They passed the ball and tried to find the open man. Our defense was pretty solid, we were really outsized, so we had to work hard for every possession.”

Highlands Jeffrey Olvera plans his attack at Summit’s first high school basketball game in the new Summit Center.

He added walking away with the win was not without its challenges.

“Well, it was not exactly how we hoped to play, but we had kids playing different positions than normal due to injuries and other issues,” said Dearth.  “They showed some composure out there and had some really good defensive plays, but we struggled offensively and taking care of the ball.”

Summit Benito Morales gets ready to driver to the hoop against Highlands Nathan Keener.

Summit Coach Jeremy Robinson said it was great playing against Highlands in the first high school game at the Summit Center and that he’s proud of this inaugural team.

“It was a great experience having our first ever high school game in the Summit Center against Highlands,” said Robinson. “Coach Dearth does a great job and we enjoyed the competition.”

Highlands Lawson Shuler catches a tipped pass against Summit.

He added the high school team is still young and there’s work to be done.

“The boys played hard, I’m proud of them,” said Robinson. “We have a lot to work on, but we are up to the task. I see a lot of potential in this team and we look forward to what’s ahead for our program.”

Summit Mo Blackburn drives to the hoop against Highlands last week.

Highlands Brandon Moss snags a rebound and gets set to put two more on the board.

It’s always a party when Summit’s Bear makes an appearance.

Highlands Nathan Keener making his move against Summit last week.

Summit Johnathan Campbell is on a mission taking the ball to the hoop against Highlands.

Highlands Mason Taylor catches a high pass against Summit last week.

Summit Edward Marquina drives to the inside against Highlands.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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