Summit took another step forward Tuesday night.
Hosting one of the top teams in the state, the Storm led Southridge by as much as 10 points in to the third quarter, before the Skyhawks ran away with a 68-52 nonleague boys basketball victory.
“Every game we’ve looked better for longer stretches,” Summit coach Jon Frazier said. “Today we looked really good for about 26 minutes. We’re getting closer to where we want to be.”
The Storm jumped out to a 22-16 lead in the first quarter behind the 3-point shooting of Jacob Tompkins, who went 4-for-5 from behind the arc in the period.
Holding Southridge to just two field goals in the second quarter, Summit held a 35-27 lead at halftime.
Finding Tompkins on backdoor cuts under the basket for two layups, the Storm stretched their lead to 43-33 midway through the third quarter.
The Skyhawks answered with a 9-0 run to get within 43-42.
Freshman Shane Arnold scored in the paint to end Summit’s drought, but Southridge senior Ben Pak knocked down a 3-pointer to tie the game at 45-45.
After the Storm missed two free throws, Southridge sophomore Brett Hanna made a jump shot at the buzzer and the Skyhawks entered the fourth quarter up 47-45.
Summit never led again as Southridge outscored the Storm 21-7 in the final eight minutes.
“The game got more aggressive in the fourth and we didn’t take advantage of that and them being out of position,” Frazier said. “We’ll learn from that.
The Skyhawks entered the game 5-1 and placed fourth at the 6A state tournament last season.
“Southridge is one of the better 6A teams in the state so for us to be in position to win the game going into the fourth quarter, I feel really good about that. I think we’re going to learn how to win those games in the next two months.”
The loss was Summit’s fifth straight after opening the season with a win over Redmond.
Despite the losses, Frazier continues to see improvement.
“The growth we’ve seen out of these kids in one month is pretty amazing,” he said. “We’re anxious to see how far they can go this year. Every game we’re seeing more and more out of our kids, more confidence and more growth and more continuity. The pieces are there and we’re slowly putting them together.”
Tompkins finished with 20 points to lead Summit. Julian Mora scored 10 points and Arnold added eight.
The Storm will play in the Summit Holiday Tournament Dec. 27-29.
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