SUTTER CREEK The Summerville High School boys' basketball team went into Amador on last night looking to force a tie atop the Mother Lode League standings.
The Bears left needing some help if they are going to win their second league title in four seasons.
Summerville (15-7, 3-2) opened the game in disastrous fashion, falling behind 24-9 in the first quarter, and never recovered in a 60-42 loss to the two-time defending champion Buffaloes (14-5, 5-0).
"The story of the game, basically, was they started hot and were making their shots and we weren't," Summerville coach Marlen Ronten said. "I'm kind of disappointed because in big games you've got to come through and we didn't."
While Amador started strong and took care of business, shooting 13-for-25 (52 percent) from the field, including 7-for-14 from the 3-point line, Summerville struggled, going just 6-for-24 from the field (25 percent).
When the Bears extended their zone defense in the second half to attack Amador's outside shooting, they allowed Thundering Herd center Kyle Huggett to take over the post and he scored 14 of his 20 points in the final two quarters.
"Amador has both dimensions," Ronten said. "They can shoot the ball and they're big inside. That's a tough combination that most teams in our league don't have."
Although Summerville outscored Amador 26-25 in the second half, the Bears were never able to cut the Thundering Herd's lead to single digits.
"I'd say it was partly my fault," Ronten said. "I must not have had them prepared mentally or physically."
Quint Gerber led Summerville with 14 points, while Cody Munsel finished with 11. Joe Sanders, who leads Summerville with 18.3 points per game, finished with eight.
Tyler Cagle and Huggett led all scorers with 20 apiece.
Freshmen Terry Pierce scored 14 points and grabbed 21 rebounds as the Cubbies (14-4, 3-2) beat Amador 56-53. Matt Koskela and Matt Curtis added 13 points apiece.