The Summit boys basketball team enjoyed the way Friday’s game started. The Spartans liked the way it ended, too.
Hosting rival Independence in front of a standing-room-only crowd, Summit raced out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and stayed comfortably in front the rest of the way while posting a 59-40 victory in the District 11-AAA contest.
Summit’s Destin Wade provided the exclamation point for the victory when he finished a fast break with a one-handed slam that sent the Summit student section into a frenzy.
Wade finished with a game-high 14 points and his twin brother Keaten had 10 for the Spartans (9-4, 4-2), who won a sixth consecutive game. Tristan Conger added nine points and Tre Carlton had eight for Summit, which saw a total of nine players reach the scoring column.
Summit raced out to a quick 8-0 lead in the opening minutes, and owned a 13-2 advantage near the midway mark of the first quarter. The Spartans stretched the advantage to 28-14 on a layup by Conger early in the second quarter, and they maintained a double-digit margin for the remainder of the night.
“We wanted to attack them first — that was our mentality,” said Carlton, the Spartans’ super-quick, play-making guard. “We wanted to make them have to chase us. We wanted to take control early.”
An early 3-pointer by Caleb Jolley and a pair of baskets by Destin Wade helped the Spartans accomplish that mission.
“I loved the way the kids came out tonight,” said first-year head coach Jim Fey. “They set the tone early.”
After building the early cushion, the Spartans offense experienced several lulls. But the swarming Summit defense never relented.
“If you play great defense, it can pick up your offense, and we saw that at times tonight,” said Fey. “We had a few breakdowns on offense. But the truth is, our offense is still a work in progress. And I am okay with that — for now.”
Summit started the season with a thin roster due to the fact that nine players on the basketball team also play for the Summit football team, which advanced to the Class 5A championship game.
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“We’re still getting everybody on the same page,” said Carlton. “Tonight, we did a good job of playing together. And we are a lot better when we do that instead of playing as individuals. We have players on this team who are good enough to play as individuals, but we are even stronger when we play together.”
Zack Melton and Hrishi Salitri finished with eight points each to pace Indy, which had 10 players reach the scoring column. The Eagles dropped a seventh game in a row.
Indy trailed 18-7 at the end of the first quarter and were down 29-14 early in the second before using a quick 5-0 mini-run, that included an acrobatic layup by Whit Conrad, to trim the margin to 29-19 with 48 seconds remaining in the first half.
But Summit answered with a 9-0 run — scoring the final four points of the second quarter and the first five of the third — to stretch the lead to 38-19. The spurt included a buzzer-beating layup by Conger at the end of the second quarter and a 3-pointer by Keaten Wade early in the third.
Destin Wade eventually provided the punctuation mark for the win with 1:35 remaining in the game when he came up with a loose ball and beat the defense down the floor for a one-handed dunk.
“We’ve had some good practices lately, and they are starting to pay off,” said Fey. “There were times earlier this season when we looked like a rec team out there because we just hadn’t had enough time together in practice. But we are beginning to come together.”
Summit boys 59, Independence 40
IHS – 7 12 11 10 — 40
SHS – 18 15 16 10 — 59
IHS (40) – Hrishi Salitri 8, Matt St. Charles 2, Whit Conrad 2, Noah Crook 6, Colin Upright 4, Zack Melton 8, Connor Rudolph 2, Cameron Bell 3, Brady Jenkins 2, Owen Ries 3.
SHS (59) – Tre Carlton 8, Destin Wade 14, Keaten Wade 10, Calen Jolley 7, Trey Hunter 4, Konata Werts 3, Tristan Conger 9, Matt Montana 2, Graham Schneider 2.
3-point goals — Indy 6 (Melton 2, Crook 2, Upright, Ries), Summit 5 (Carlton, D. Wade, K. Wade, Jolley, Werts). Free throws — Indy 8-13, Summit 10-16.