Parker boys complete season sweep of Middleton

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Gazette staff
Saturday, January 25, 2014

MIDDLETON—There’s something about playing Middleton that brings out the best in Janesville Parker’s boys basketball team.

The Vikings worked overtime Saturday afternoon to defeat the Cardinals for the second time this season.

J.J. Scott had 25 points and Adam Thompson hit two free throws with nine seconds remaining in overtime to lift Parker to a 77-76 Big Eight Conference win.

Parker won its fourth game of the season, with two of the wins coming against a Middleton team that gave state-ranked Madison Memorial its only conference loss. The Vikings beat Middleton at home 79-70 in overtime on Dec. 12.

“We kept scratching and clawing and found a way to get it done,” Parker coach Ryan Masterson said. “That’s twice we’ve played really well and really hard against a good Middleton team.

“I was really proud of the way the guys fought back after getting down by four in overtime, especially on the road.”

Scott, who had 29 points in the December victory against the Cardinals, sent the game into overtime with an off-balanced shot with four seconds left in regulation. Middleton (8-8, 6-7) missed a shot to win it at the end of regulation.

The Cardinals took a 74-70 lead in overtime, but Mitch Treinen’s 3-point play cut the lead to one. Middleton eventually took a 76-75 lead on two Derek Rongstad free throws with 17 seconds left, setting up Thompson’s game-winning free throw.

Thompson added 18 for Parker, and Cullen Osmond chipped in 15.

Rongstad, a UW-Milwaukee recruit, finished with a game-high 29 points.

Parker hosts Madison Memorial on Tuesday night.

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