The Hot Read: Summit hosted Hunterdon Central Thursday night, the Hilltoppers' last game before they enter the NJSIAA State Tournament this Tuesday. Coming off a 64-51 loss to Memorial on Feb. 19, the Hilltoppers fell to the RedDevils, 49-34. Head Coach Dave White said the team was missing three key starters in Ba'Shawn Mickens and Mac Weisner, who were both sick, and Ryan Sweeney, who was out with an eye injury.
The Hilltoppers trailed the RedDevils throughout much of the first half. Hunterdon Central was quick to rebound on Summit's failed attempts, leading 11-8 in the first quarter and 23-17 at halftime. The same continued in the second half as the RedDevils led 36-25 in the third quarter and 49-34 at the final buzzer.
Patch's MVP: Junior Robbie Walsh, #41, led Summit with 11 points.
Other Summit Leaders: Junior Matt Fischetti, #24, notched 7 points.
Quotable I: “It was one of those days," White said. "Guys were kind of put into roles they are not used to. Between those three guys, [Mickens, Sweeney and Weisner], you’re talking about 42 points on average per game. It could have been different. That’s a good team."
Quotable II: "Our objective with this game was to try to play competitively, play well and try to play better to get ready for the State Tournament, which starts on Tuesday. At this point in time, I really don't care. I mean you want to win, but the objective was really to try to get other guys ready for what hopefully is more than one or two games in the State Tournament," White said. "This game doesn’t mean anything for us as far as our conference or the State Tournament."
Team Records: Summit's overall season record is now 18-5.
What's Next: Summit now enters the NJSIAA North 2, Group 3 State Tournament. The 4th seeded Hilltoppers will host 13th seeded Colonia on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. At this time, White expects Sweeney and Weisner to be ready to play, but is not sure about Mickens.
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Summit 8 9 8 9 34 Hunterdon Central
12 13 13 49
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