The Summit boys basketball team had a solid showing at the Fort Worth ISD Coca-Cola Classic this past weekend, and coach Jason Mutterer said that his team is now ready to get back on track with district competition.
Summit will square off with crosstown and school district rival Lake Ridge at 8 p.m. on Friday at Summit High School, and Mutterer said that district games do not get much bigger than this.
“This is a huge game for us,” Mutterer said. “It's not only a district game for us, but it is inter-district. They are playing really well right now. They were in the championship of their tournament. It's going to be an intense basketball game. It will be well-coached, and it will be one of those fourth-quarter games, where whoever makes fewer mistakes, more free throws or blocks out the best is going to win.”
Summit went 2-2 in the Coca-Cola Classic this past weekend, defeating Killeen and O.D. Wyatt, and Mutterer said it was a good opportunity for his team to get some kinks ironed out.
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“Each game we lost, we lost by a point,” Mutterer said. “Coming off of Christmas break, where you have five days off, sometimes conditioning, jump shots and all those types of things are impacted. Obviously, transition defense and blocking out are affected.
“All those things that we sometimes struggle with as a team, we are able to fix when we come off of a break. We played hard and competed hard. We just have to get back into practice and fix some of the things we are struggling with right now.”
One of the reasons Mutterer decided to enter Summit into the tournament was because of the quality of competition he knew the Jaguars would be facing, and said that in that respect, the tournament did not disappoint.
“We faced great competition,” Mutterer said. “The teams that we lost to, Lamar and Life Christian Center, were both very good, and the two teams that we beat were both very good. We would have liked to gone 4-0 or 3-1, so the results were not what we wanted, but the level of play was good.”
Corinthian Ramsey was selected to the all-tournament team for Summit at the Coca-Cola Classic, and Mutterer said he had a couple of other players step up as well.
“Keilyn Nance played really, really well for us,” Mutterer said. “Terrance Hubby also had a very good tournament for us.”
• Over at Lake Ridge, the Eagles lost in the Moritz Classic at Aledo to 5A Powerhouse Converse Judson by one point this past weekend.
Judson entered the game ranked second in the state among 5A programs, and defeated Lake Ridge 52-49 to win the tournament.
Jacob Van led the team in scoring with 22 points, while Julian Harris added 12 points in the game.
• Mansfield finished third overall in the same competition with a 60-49 victory over Arlington.