Craig boys roar past Parker
But even Suter couldn’t explain his team’s lackluster effort during the first three minutes of Thursday night’s cross-town rivalry game with Parker High.
Fortunately for Suter, the next 29 minutes more than made up for the rough start.
After falling behind 7-0, the host Cougars outscored the Vikings 62-22 the rest of the way en route to a decisive 62-29 victory.
Lucas Burns had a game-high 17 points, while JoJo Pregont had 13, and Charlie Roherty and Kyle Goike added 12 and 11, respectively, to push Craig to 2-2 in the Big Eight and 3-2 overall.
Impressive finish aside, Suter still was frustrated with his team’s poor start.
“That start was ridiculous,” Suter said. “How can you come out of the locker room and not have any clue what defenses you’re in? I don’t know, but then we got our act together, and we shot the ball pretty well.”
Meanwhile, as the Vikings fell to 0-3 in the Big Eight and 1-3 overall, Parker coach Jim LeMire was impressed by Craig’s shooting.
“I felt like anything they (the Cougars) threw up went in,” said LeMire, whose team was overwhelmed by Craig’s 10-for-21 shooting on three-pointers. “You’ve got to give credit to them, because obviously they work at it.”
Parker’s Riley Grafft started the game overwhelming the Cougars. The lanky 6-10 center followed a long-three pointer with a stunning baseline dunk that pushed the upset-minded Vikings up 7-0 early in the first quarter.
Grafft’s dunk seemed to awaken the Cougars, who then unleashed a 19-2 spurt to go up 19-9 in the second quarter.
With the game slipping away from the Vikings, Burns drained a pair of three-pointers to lead the Cougars to a 31-15 halftime advantage.
“The biggest thing for us is knocking shots down,” LeMire said. “Overall, we just have to find more offensive production.’’
The Cougars found plenty of offensive production in the second half. Pregont and Burns scored 11 of their team’s 17 third-quarter points to put the game out of reach at 48-22.
“We’ve got the makings of a pretty nice club,” Suter said. “We’re not anywhere near there yet, though.”
The Cougars, however, appear to be well on their way as they head to Madison West on Saturday afternoon for what they hope will be their third straight Big Eight win.
CRAIG 62, PARKER 29
Parker (29)—Grafft, 2-0-5; Logue, 2-0-4; Fox, 2-2-6; Moe, 1-3-5; Gunn, 0-2-2; Ackerman, 0-1-1; Holbrook, 1-0-2; Sam, 2-0-4. Totals: 10-8-29.
Craig (62)—Pregont, 6-1-13; Burns, 7-1-17; Goike, 4-0-11; Roherty, 4-0-12; Kennedy, 2-0-5; Clanfield, 1-0-2; Uschan, 1-0-2. Totals: 25-2-62.
Parker 9 6 7 7—29
Craig 12 19 17 14—62
Three point goals—Parker 1 (Grafft), Craig 10 (Burns 2, Goike 3, Roherty 4, Kennedy). Free throws missed—Parker 12, Craig 4. Total fouls—Parker 12, Craig 17. Fouled out—Uschan.
Sophomores: Craig 56, Parker 36.