Sommer showed off his long-range shooting touch Tuesday night for the host Patriots. The sophomore guard drilled a pair of three-pointers to help South gain a 30-15 second quarter lead.
He followed that by erupting for 16 second half points, including 4 three-balls, and the Patriots rolled to a 65-43 victory over Summit.
It was a nice bounce back for Sommer and the Patriots, who dropped a 75-72 heart breaker at Parkway North, last Friday in the Gerald Linneman Memorial Tip-Off Classic finale.
“I think we played as a team more,” Sommer said. “During the North game we sort of played as individuals and tried to get ours but tonight we played as a team and showed good team camaraderie.”
As the first quarter wound down, Sommer showed his smooth shooting touch from long range, drilling a buzzer-beating three-ball from the right perimeter to give the Patriots an 18-7 at the end of the first quarter. Sommer hit a three-ball at the second quarter buzzer to push the lead to 30-15.
“He (Sommer) hit a lot of threes tonight and he’s played a lot of good basketball,” Parkway South coach Matt Roach said. “When you have a sophomore that can score and play defense, he’s a huge help for us. He’s leader whether he likes it or not.”
Sommer, senior forward Jack Mullen and senior forward Matt DeRouse, turned up the defense, and ripped off a 14-3 second quarter run that put the Patriots up by 15 points. Mullen had 11 points, senior forward AJ Sommer, Sommer’s older brother, had 11 and DeRouse scored 8.
“You never want to lose a game but sometimes it’s good to lose a game,” Roach said. ” We had a good practice Saturday and the main key was our defense started it off and it got our offense going.”
After getting up 36-18 at the half, South (2-2) continued to roll in the second half as Sommer torched the Falcons for 12 more points beyond the arc.
“Obviously I have my head in the game, and try to do what’s best for the team,” Sommer said. “Hit shots when I can when I’m open. My teammates were finding me and they did a good job of that.”
The Patriots grew the lead to as much as 28 in the third quarter.
Connor Kramer led Summit with (1-3) 15 points.