In its first ever state championship game, Simpson put on a show for its fans in a loss.
The Broncos were outscored in the second half 36-19, as they fell to Summerfield 62-44 in the Class C State Championship.
"I thought we had a good game plan," Simpson head coach Jade Losavio said. "We hit them in spots, and their pressure 'd' is very good. They sped us up at time, and sometimes, you have to know when to attack. Sometimes, you have to know when to run the offense. It's tough. There's a reason why they've won several state championships. I just told my guys that we need to figure out how to close that gap one more time. It used to be 40 points, then 30 points, then 10 points. We just have to figure out how to close that gap.
"I'm proud of these guys. They've come a long ways and hopefully, we can keep it going."
Summerfield was spurred by the play of guard Josh Buggs, who scored 32 points en route to being named the tournament Most Outstanding Player.
"The only (shot) I was upset about was the one coming out of the second half, and we ran a zone, and he ran through and we lost him," Losavio said. "That's the stuff that makes coaches frustrated. That's where communication is important."
Simpson trailed 14-12 with .04 left on the clock as the first quarter wound down when Summerfield forward Eddie Kennedy put up a 3 from the corner to make it 17-12.
With 2:20 left in the second quarter, the Broncos took their first lead of the game on a pair of free throws from Dustin Williams to make it 23-22.
The Rebels quickly retook the lead to take a 26-25 advantage into halftime.
Simpson kept with Summerfield to begin the second quarter, but midway through the period the Rebels went on a 8-0 to give themselves a double-digit cushion.
"They made a great second-half adjustment," Lovasio said. "They switched up some man and got out to a 8-0 run and got the lead and never looked back."
A layup by Landon Hall cut the lead to 47-38 with 5:29 to go in the game, but that was as close as the Broncos would get, as they ended their season with a second-place finish.
"It's everything," Simpson forward Tanner Yates said. "I've made this my whole life. I go home and go to my goal at the house and shoot. I do Mikan drills to work on getting a rebound and putting it back up. We do the same thing at practice. I remember my freshman year, we got absolutely slaughtered by Zwolle in the second round. Next year, the first year in Class C, we lost to Atlanta. Last year, my junior year, we made it the semis, and we were very proud of that. We get one win closer, and I'm hoping next year, we get the extra win at the very end."
Yates led Simpson with 20 points in his final game in a Bronco uniform.
Williams added 11 points, while Hall chipped in eight in the loss.