SUMMIT, NJ - It was an exciting night for some of the Summit High School basketball players. Aside from the 51-32 win over Arthur Johnson, the Hilltoppers celebrated the careers of their senior class.
The first period started off well for Johnson, obtaining an early 2-0 lead over the Hilltoppers. However, both teams began to score points, ending the first quarter with a 6-6 tie.
As soon as the 2nd period began, the Hilltoppers had an excellent start defensively. This led them to a five-point lead over ALJ. Mickens and Robbie Walsh played well during the period.
At halftime, the seniors of the Summit basketball team were honored for their achievements, while being on the team for all of high school. The captains each received awards for their hard work.
Throughout the second half, both Summit and Johnson scored constantly. Both teams scored more than 10 points during the 3rd period. Johnson relied on missed shots by Summit’s players to score in transition. However, they trailed the Hilltoppers 28-21 after three quarters.
As Summit entered the fourth period, they continued with their consistent scoring during the game. Both teams had their true game faces on to end with a few two-pointers being scored, primarily from Walsh’s hands.
Walsh said his “team didn’t have their best game tonight but they were able to pull out the win so that’s all that’s important.”
In terms of his team’s performance during the game tonight, Summit head coach David White thought that his team started slowly.
He didn’t start his team’s usual starting lineup, as he started all seniors. Before entering the playoffs, White wants his team to be more consistent. He wants them to get their level of consistency and execution up.
White is hopeful that his team will win a state championship this year. However, it all matters upon if his team can play at a consistently high level.
Senior Be’shawn Mickens broke the all-time scoring record for Summit High School. He has 1,225 points, moving ahead of Wellington Smith. According to Mickens, before Smith left of the University of West Virginia, the former Hilltopper star told him he would break the record. It felt surreal for him to accomplish it.
ALJ Head Coach Dave Kennedy says that nothing needs to be changed for his team to improve before the season ends. He also said that his team played really hard, and that they need to continue doing so.
Summit is back on their home court again on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. where they will face off against Memorial High School.