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Memorial flexes muscles on Parker

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JOHN N. BARRY
December 8, 2007
— Until the Janesville Parker High School’s boys basketball team learns how to break the press, the Big Eight Conference struggles are going to continue.

The Vikings committed 23 turnovers Friday night in a 59-28 conference loss to Madison Memorial.


The Spartans, four-time defending Big Eight champs, ran their conference winning streak to 39 straight, thanks to a relentless full-court trapping defense. Parker (1-2, 0-2) had no answer for the much quicker Spartans (3-0, 3-0).


“When we make a turnover or something doesn’t go our way, we have to stay positive,” Parker coach Jim LeMire said. “We’ve got to quit feeling sorry for ourselves.


“It’s a matter of someone taking charge after it happens and trying to do something to get the ball back on the defensive end.


“I thought that we did some good things tonight at times, but Memorial is an awfully good team. There’s a lot more to them than just (Jeronne) Maymon.”


Maymon, a slick 6-foot-6 junior forward, scored 15 points, despite battling strep throat. He sat out most of the fourth quarter after scoring eight points in the third to lift the Spartans to 47-23 lead.


Devonte Maymon, Jeronne’s older brother, also had 15 points. Devonte hit five of the Spartans’ six three-point baskets, including four in the second quarter.


“This is probably as good of an outside shooting team as I’ve had,” Memorial coach Steve Collins said.


Collins said that, despite the lopsided win, he thinks the Parker program is headed in the right direction.


“Jim’s got those kids playing hard, and that’s the first step in getting a program turned around,” Collins said of LeMire.


Parker played its most inspired ball in the first quarter. The Spartans jumped to a quick 6-0 lead, but the Vikings cut the lead to two with 3:56 left in the first on Riley Grafft’s breakaway dunk and Jesse Logue’s basket underneath.


Memorial’s 11-2 run to start the second pushed the lead to 18 and the rout was on.


Grafft led the Vikings with 13, but was about all the offense the team had. Too many times on the offensive end the Vikings looked to Grafft, only to have the pass knocked away or stolen.


With Janesville Craig on the schedule Thursday night, LeMire is hopeful his team can regroup.


“If we execute, I like to think we can be in games,” LeMire said. “It’s a matter of cutting down on turnovers and knocking a few more shots down.”


MEMORIAL 59, PARKER 28


Memorial (59)—Nkemnji, 1-0-2; D. Maymon, 5-0-15; Creamer, 4-2-10; J. Maymon, 4-7-15; Fruhling, 1-0-2; Murray, 1-0-2; Blue, 3-1-7; Curtin, 0-2-2; Lutz, 0-1-1; Laubmeier, 1-0-3. Totals: 20-13-59.


Parker (28)—Logue, 1-0-2; Sam, 1-0-3; Fox, 2-0-4; Grafft, 5-3-13; Holbrook, 1-0-2; Thompson, 1-0-2; Knutson, 1-0-2. Totals: 12-3-28.


Memorial 15 19 13 12—59


Parker 6 6 11 5—28


Three-point goals—Memorial 6 (D. Maymon 5, Laubmeier), Parker 1 (Sam). Free throws missed—Memorlal 6, Parker 2. Total fouls—Memorial 8, Parker 12.


Sophomores—Memorial 53, Parker 36. Parker record: 0-2 in Big Eight, 0-3 overall. Parker scoring leaders: Danny Husen, 9; Cody Simonson, 9.



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