Jon Frazier wanted to see how his young team would respond to adversity.
The Summit boys basketball coach got his wish and liked what he saw as the Storm fought off Redmond 60-48 Friday night to open the season.
“It was nice for us to get challenged and see how they responded,” Frazier said. “They hadn’t been in that moment before so it was good to see them stay poised.”
The nonconference game matched two teams that were Class 5A Intermountain Conference rivals until this season. Summit is now in 6A; Redmond remains in the 5A IMC.
Summit led for most of the night as freshman guard Julian Mora scored seven points in his first varsity quarter, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer, to give Summit a 19-12 advantage.
“That was a really big energy 3 for us,” Frazier said. “He had a really big night for us.”
A steal and layup by junior Evan Scalley to open the third quarter expanded the Storm’s lead to 32-24.
But junior Dylan Moss kept Redmond in the game, scoring 10 points in the third, including a 3-pointer to give the Panthers a brief 39-36 lead with two minutes remaining.
“He’s our focal point and the only one with varsity experience,” Redmond coach Reagan Gilbertson said of Moss, who finished with a team-high 22 points. “We’ll run off him. He’s the fuel that makes us go.”
Redmond’s lead did not last long, as Summit junior Jacob Tompkins answered with a 3 to tie the game at 39. Tompkins added another 3-pointer at the end of the third, and the Storm stretched their lead to 10 midway through the fourth.
“The energy in the gym was great tonight,” said Tompkins, who led Summit with 22 points. “Especially our bench was crazy.”
The Storm went 7-for-15 from the free-throw line in the final four minutes, but Redmond failed to take advantage.
“We had a ton of big stops, guys diving for loose balls,” Tompkins said.
Both Summit and Redmond have young teams.
The Storm started two freshmen — Mora and Luke Cody. Another freshman, Truman Teuber, came off the bench.
“We have a lot of new guys but they compete really well,” Frazier said.
Gilbertson was also proud of the way his squad fought against a team that swept the Panthers 3-0 last season.
“We always like coming here and competing,” he said. “We have a young group but they’re extremely fun to coach and always looking for each other.”
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