Summit HS boys basketball team loses to Eagle Ridge

Summit Charter High School boys basketball team hosted Eagle Ridge and gave it their all on the court but victory wasn’t meant to be, the Bears lost 59-28. Many in the crowd were wearing red in support of Jackson Hall, a Summit alumni battling cancer. To learn more about Jackson, click HERE.

Summit Zach Russell shoots a free throw on Thursday against Eagle Ridge.

Summit Zach Russell said when you’re facing a deficit like the one in Thursday’s game it just makes you play harder.

“All you can do is keep playing basketball, you don’t stop just because your down,” said Russell. “They pressed us hard and they’re bigger, but we did a lot better than we did last time against them. We know what we need to work on and we’re going to get better.”

Summit Mo Blackburn catches a long pass from Benito Morales.

Summit Mo Blackburn said Eagle Ridge played tough and the Bears need to operate at their own pace.

“Their defense pressed us hard, and we should have moved the ball more,” said Blackburn. “We need to stop trying to keep up with them and play our own game.”

Summit Edward Marquina looks to drive to the hoop against Eagle Ridge.

Summit Middle Schooler Edward Marquina said playing against high schoolers is challenging.

“It’s completely different,” said Marquina. “Guys are bigger, stronger, and they take the game more seriously. But it’s great experience and a way for me to learn more about the game.”

The Bears next play against Victory Christian on Feb. 11.

Summit Brayden Hahn jumps to block and Eagle Ridge shot.

Summit Jonathan Campbell drives to the inside and puts 2 on the board.

Summit Anthony Qemali zones in on shooting the three-pointer.

Summit Benito Morales drives into the paint and scores a layup.

Summit Gunnar Nielsen makes his way down the court looking to get open against Eagle Ridge.

Summit Oliver Dyer looks down court waiting for Eagle Ridge to shoot a free throw.

Summit Anthony Qemali broke two bones in his wrist a second before this photo was taken and had to be taken out of the game. Qemali said he may have jammed his wrist on the ball and that it was painful. He cheered on the Bears for rest of the game before seeking medical attention.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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