Parker boys blowout Clinton
The scoring statistic was misleading, however, according to Viking head coach Jim LeMire.
“Riley got good looks, but was not hitting the shot today, especially early on” LeMire said. “What I liked was the way the other kids stepped up, and that helped Riley later in the game.”
Jared Fox was one of the players who filled the scoring gap for the Vikings. Fox put up 11 points and was a factor on the boards. Jesse Logue added eight points.
The Vikings, leading 17-11 at the half, opened the third quarter with two free throws by Grafft on a technical foul called during halftime on the Cougar bench. Clinton’s Anthony Crivello played in the first half wearing number 30, but he was listed in the game program and the official scorebook as number 20.
Grafft’s free throws started a 13-0 Parker run. The Cougars didn’t score until the three-minute mark, but by then Parker had rolled up a 30-13 lead.
The third quarter breakout was the result of more aggressive play, LeMire said.
“In the first half the shots just weren’t falling, especially from Riley,” LeMire said. “Therefore, we wanted to be more aggressive and make sure our guards were getting to the basket.
“When that happened, our height took over and we were getting better shots because we were attacking the basket.”
LeMire said he was pleased with Parker’s defensive effort that held Clinton to just four points in the second and third quarters.
“I think our defense played well all game,” Le Mire said. “I liked the way we limited their opportunities—one shot and then get the rebound.”
After a 10-7 first-quarter Parker lead, the Cougars got to within one on a field goal to start the second quarter by Austin DeLong. Parker then extended its lead with seven straight points capped off by a three-point play by Logue. Meanwhile, Parker’s defense held the Cougars to one-for-six shooting in the quarter.
Parker outscored Clinton 19-4 in the third quarter to seal the win. It was the second time in as many years that Parker defeated Clinton in a nonconference game. The Vikings defeated Clinton last season, 69-43.
The schedule gets tougher for Parker this week. The 1-0 Vikings travel to Madison La Follette on Thursday to open up Big Eight Conference play and are at Middleton on Saturday.
“Things don’t get any easier for us,” LeMire said. “We need to step up our game, and we need to start doing that right away in practice next week.”
PARKER 52, CLINTON 30
Parker (52)—Logue, 3-2-8; Moe, 3-0-7; Sam, 1-1-4; Fox, 5-1-11; Grafft, 5-4-14; Thompson, 1-1-4; Holbrook, 2-0-4. Totals: 20-9-52.
Clinton (30)—Oldenburg, 4-3-13; DeLong, 1-0-2; Eliszewski, 0-1-1; Krebs, 2-0-4; Crivello, 0-1-1; Mulligan, 1-1-3; Cary, 1-2-5; Nickel, 0-1-1. Totals: 9-9-
Janesville Parker 10 7 19 16—52
Clinton 7 4 4 15—30
Three-point goals—Parker (Moe, Sam, Thompson), Clinton 3 (Oldenburg, Cary). Free throws missed—Parker 11, Clinton 10. Total fouls—Parker 16, Clinton 16.
Sophomores—Clinton 52, Parker 48. Parker leading scorers: Cody Simonson (P) 16, Don Husen (P) 8.