Parker boys come alive in fourth quarter

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John Barry
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

JANESVILLE--Janesville Parker's boys basketball team went through the motions for three quarters Tuesday night.

The Vikings were lethargic on offense and had trouble pulling away from a Kenosha Bradford team that had posted one win the entire season.

Adam Thompson and Cullen Osmond decided enough was enough in the fourth.

The seniors, playing the last home game of their careers, combined for 19 points in the final eight minutes as the Vikings finally got rolling en route to a 50-32 win in a WIAA Division 1 regional game.

“We always run into trouble when we play too much one-on-one,” Parker coach Ryan Masterson said. “And that was our problem the first three quarters. We were definitely out of sync the first three quarters, but then we really executed well in the fourth.”

Parker (6-17) plays at top-seeded Mukwonago (14-8) on Friday night.

The Vikings led 32-29 with 4:33 left but went on a 16-0 run to put the Red Devils away. Thompson, who scored a game-high 22 points, started the run with a 3-pointer. Osmond then hit back-to-back 3s to push Parker's lead to 41-29 with 3:08 left.

“I told the kids that if we executed, we'd win the game,” Masterson said. “We weren't doing that earlier, and that allowed them to hang around.”

Parker led 24-20 at half, but the teams combined for only nine points in the third as Bradford (1-21) cut its deficit to three. The teams shot a combined 3-for-25 in the third quarter, with one of Parker's two baskets coming on a Travis Shepler dunk that made it 28-25.

“I thought our defense was really good throughout, and it had to be,” Masterson said. “We were really struggling shooting the ball, but fortunately so were they. A lot of that had to do with our defensive pressure.”

Parker's defense limited Bradford to 12 second-half points on 3-for-23 shooting.

Osmond finished with 12 points for Parker, which gets a crack at Mukwonago for the second straight year. The Indians were the Division 1 state runners-up a year ago.

“We've got a game under our belt and a lot of confidence,” Masterson said. “If we play the way we're capable of playing, we can play with anybody. We've proven that throughout the year with a lot of close games against some very good teams.”

Last updated: 11:33 pm Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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