Osmond takes center stage for Parker boys
Janesville Parker High School was the site of some memorable performances Friday night.
While the cast of “Shrek the Musical” was drawing rave reviews in the school's auditorium, Cullen Osmond stole the spotlight in the gymnasium.
Osmond's three-point basket with three seconds left lifted the Vikings to a 63-60 nonconference win over Delavan-Darien.
Parker, which led by 18 in the second quarter, had to rally for the win in its season-opener. The Vikings misfired on 18 of 20 shots beyond the arc, but Osmond made the last one count.
“We gutted it out until the end, especially Cullen,” Parker coach Ryan Masterson said. “I wanted him to attack the basket if he got a chance and possibly draw a foul, but as soon as he let the last shot go, it looked like it was going in.
“We tried to set up a ball-screen to Adam (Thompson) on that play because they had been playing man-to-man, but they switched to zone. Fortunately, Cullen made the adjustment and hit the big shot.”
Parker was poised to run the Comets (0-2) out of the gym in the first half. Behind J.J. Scott and Thompson, the Vikings used a 9-0 run to start the second quarter in building a 31-13 lead with 5:11 left in the half.
Delavan-Darien, however, wouldn't go away and used a 15-0 run sparked by Isaiah Ramos to get right back in the game. Ramos had 10 points in the second quarter as the Comets eventually whittled the lead down to three by half.
“I was really happy with our mental toughness,” Delavan-Darien coach Bob Beighton said. “We're early in the season, and we're still pretty young and learning how to do the little things to be successful.
“We did a hell of a job getting back into it, but down the stretch we needed to do a better job of being more efficient with the basketball.”
The Comets led by one after three, but the Vikings took the lead at 56-55 on two Thompson free throws with 3:41 left. The teams traded free throws down the stretch before Osmond's heroics bailed out the Vikings.
“This was a big win, especially with the (Janesville) Craig game on Tuesday night,” Masterson said. “We did some things well, and other things need to be addressed before Tuesday.”
Scott led all scorers with 22, while Thompson added 17 and Osmond 10.
Parker hosts its crosstown rival Craig in the Big Eight Conference opener Tuesday night.
PARKER 63, DELAVAN-DARIEN 60
Delavan-Darien (60)—Rodriguez, 1-0-2; Isiah Ramos, 5-7-21; Isaac Ramos, 2-0-5; Collins, 3-5-13; Damrow, 5-3-13; Scott, 3-0-6. Totals: 19-15-60.
Parker (63)—J.J. Scott, 8-6-22; Thompson, 7-2-17; Cu. Osmond, 2-5-10; Co. Somond, 1-0-2; Benway, 3-3-9; Bailey, 1-0-2. Totals: 22-17-63.
Delavan-Darien 12 16 22 10—60
Janesville Parker 22 9 18 14—63
Three-point goals—Delavan-Darien 7 (Isiah Ramos 4, Collins 2, Isaac Ramos), Parker 2 (Thompson, Cu. Osmond). Free throws missed—Delavan-Darien 8, Parker 6. Total fouls—Delavan-Darien 20, Parker 21.
Sophomores—Parker 67, Delavan-Darien 54. Parker leading scorers: Darion Young, 15; Carlos Campos, 13; Austin Zane, 10.