Originally published Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 10:58p.m.

PRESCOTT VALLEY — One night after Nate Summit didn’t dress at Coconino due to injury, Bradshaw Mountain’s star sophomore post returned triumphantly on Thursday, Jan. 17, to help guide the Bears to victory over struggling Mohave.

Playing the second of three Grand Canyon region games in as many nights, 4A No. 23-ranked Bradshaw Mountain responded following a 10-point loss to Coco, routing Mohave, 61-37, behind Summit’s 11 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks.

“Before the game even started, it was an emotional lift,” Bears coach Blair Hillig said of Summit’s presence. “You could see the guys a little less tense, and loosen up. We still knew we had business to attend to. But it’s nice when you’re going to go do that, you’ve got your big kid in there. He impacted the game right away.”

Bears standout sophomore guard Carter John led all scorers, however, registering 21 points, four assists, two steals and two rebounds. John drained four 3-pointers and went 5 for 6 from the free-throw line.

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David Massis followed with nine points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal, and scrappy guard Tripp Nestor added five points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Summit was out of the lineup on Wednesday because of snapping hip syndrome in his right hip, a condition in which the muscle slips slightly off the bone during movement. He suffered the injury last week in practice.

“Nate helped out a lot on defense,” John said of his teammate’s contribution versus Mohave. “He was there when we got beat off the dribble, because we were playing a little lackadaisical on defense. He was there to clean us up, and then we got a lot of fast-break opportunities off that.”

On Thursday, Summit wore specialized tape that allowed him to stay on the floor. He said he plans on playing today, Jan. 18, at Flagstaff.

“It actually helped a lot,” Summit said of the medical tape.

At Gary Kunow Gym, Bradshaw Mountain finished 16 for 19 from the charity stripe, including 11 of 12 in the tide-turning second quarter. The Bears outscored the Thunderbirds a combined 38-22 in the second and third periods, and they outrebounded the visitors, 29-18.

For Mohave, only senior Jaideyn Eastman tallied double-figures scoring, ending with 11 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. Isaac Lopez followed with seven points and three boards.

“I’ve lost three players to injury and expelled from school [two games into the season], and it took about 40 points a game away from us,” Mohave coach Ty Banks said of the T-birds’ trying season. “That’s been a big blow for us.”

Bradshaw Mountain improved its record to 7-5 and 4-3 in region. Mohave dropped to 2-10, 0-6, and has now lost four in a row. The Bears have five region games left in the regular season.

“I feel good [about our position in the region], but we’re still hungry,” Summit said. “We ain’t done yet.”


Bradshaw Mountain visits ailing Flagstaff (2-9, 2-4 region), a loser of four straight power-point contests, for a Grand Canyon region game at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 18, at War Memorial Gym.

Mohave plays host to Coconino (5-5, 5-2) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Bullhead City.

Doug Cook is a reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @dougout_dc. Email him at dcook@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.