Beloit Memorial beats Parker in chippy contest

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John Barry
Friday, January 31, 2014

JANESVILLE—A rugby scrum broke out at Friday night’s Big Eight Conference boys basketball game between Beloit Memorial and Janesville Parker.

There were four technical fouls, 57 fouls, 71 free throws attempted and one player ejection sandwiched around what was, at times, an entertaining contest.

Beloit used an early 12-0 run to take a double-digit lead and kept it the rest of the way in coasting to an 81-65 win.

Parker (4-10, 2-9) crawled within nine with 5:19 to play, but Beloit put the Vikings away from the free-throw line. The Purple Knights made 33 free throws for the game, including 14 from senior point guard Draylen Fair.

“We turned the ball over too much, and they weren’t just balls that went out of bounds, they were turnovers that led to points for Beloit,” Parker coach Ryan Masterson said of his team’s 14 first-half turnovers.

“And obviously that 12-0 run they made early was the difference. That was a hard hole to climb out of.”

Parker trailed 10-4 with 4:53 left in the opening quarter when Beloit (11-8, 8-7) started to pull away thanks to a revolving door at the free-throw line. The Purple Knights took advantage of the first of three Parker technical fouls in making six straight free throws to push the lead to 16-4 with 4:05 left in the first. Andre Neal, who was kicked out of the game in the fourth quarter for deliberately throwing an elbow to the nose of Marq Brooks, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cap off the 12-0 run and make it 22-4.

The Vikings eventually trailed 45-26 at half and got no closer than 14 in the third, despite nine points in the quarter from Zach Bailey.

“Zach had his best game for us by far, and I really liked the effort we got off the bench from Marq Brooks,” Masterson said. “And we needed that because of the physicality of the game, and the way it was called put us in foul trouble right away.

“I can’t fault our effort once again. That’s three straight games where we’ve played hard. We just have to do a better job of taking care of the ball and come out stronger.”

Adam Thompson led Parker with 16 points, while Brooks and Bailey finished with 12 each off the bench.

Fair had 21 to lead Beloit and Neal added 20.

Last updated: 11:26 pm Friday, January 31, 2014

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