Fresh-legged Hobson, Parkview beat host Evansville

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Eric Schmoldt
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

EVANSVILLE--Orfordville Parkview's coaching staff is making a concerted effort to save Christian Hobson's legs.

The senior's freshness showed in the third quarter on Tuesday night.

Hobson scored 11 of his game-high 20 points coming out of halftime, and the Vikings pulled away for a 58-34 Rock Valley Conference crossover road victory.

“I started getting into the swing of things after being able to get some rest,” Hobson said. “The coaches did a really good job of getting me some rest, and then I really started feeling it in the third quarter.

“This win builds some confidence for this team.”

Parkview improved to 3-5 overall and 3-2 in league play, matching Beloit Turner atop the South standings. The Vikings were the only South team to win on the first crossover night of the season. Evansville fell to 3-6 and 2-3.

“We started playing as a team and swinging the ball around a little more in the second half,” Hobson said. “We weren't getting selfish. We'd find the good shots and take it.”

Parkview led 21-19 after a rugged first half.

Neither team found a rhythm, and the Vikings turned the ball over seven times—many of them due to the harassing defense of Evansville point guard Brennen Banks.

Banks, who led the Blue Devils with 13 points, made a basket right away out of the halftime break. But he was whistled for three quick fouls in the third quarter, and the complexion of the game changed with him on the bench.

“We didn't really know what to expect from him, given his skill set and year in school,” Parkview coach Boyce Hodge said of Evansville's freshman and leading scorer. “He could've erupted for 35 or had 10 or 12. We were just hoping for the latter.”

Without Banks at the top of the key, the Vikings worked their inside-outside game efficiently.

Hobson made four baskets, including three 3-pointers, in the third quarter. And 6-foot-6 post Garrett Reinhardt posted up for easy buckets down low, finishing with 18 points.

“We had to examine (Hobson's) minutes; he'd been playing every minute of every game,” Hodge said. “He'd be wore out in the third and fourth quarter, so we came up with a rotation. Tonight he had his legs under his shot.”

After missing on his first five shots of the game, Hobson made 7 of his final 11 attempts. The Vikings shot 64 percent from the field in the second half.

“This is a great group of kids,” Hodge said. “They work hard and really listen, are respectful and have great character. You can build something with kids like that.”

The Vikings, who continued pulling away by holding the Blue Devils to four fourth-quarter points, will attempt to build on the victory on Friday when they host Brodhead. Evansville will try to get back on track, hosting Whitewater.

Last updated: 11:13 pm Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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