Parker celebrates rare victory over Beloit
On Jan. 10 of that year, Janesville Parker’s boys basketball team defeated Beloit Memorial, 57-53. It was a feat that didn’t happen again until a 51-49 victory in a Big Eight Conference game here Wednesday night.
“You have to feel good for the kids,” said Parker coach Jim LeMire. “The last two nights, we’ve been flat and haven’t played well. Tonight, we showed a little bit of life.”
Parker High improved to 4-11 in the Big Eight and 6-13 overall, while Beloit dropped to 4-11 and 5-14 overall.
LeMire said he went into the game with a defensive focus.
“If you can keep the team in the mid-50s, you’re going to put yourself in a position to win,” he said. “Tonight, we couldn’t execute on the offensive end, but we did execute on the defensive end. If you do that, you’re going to keep yourself in the ballgame.”
Seniors Jesse Logue and Riley Grafft carried the load offensively for the Vikings. Grafft finished with 19 points, while Logue scored 18.
Grafft scored Parker’s first seven points, but the Vikings trailed 11-7 when two early fouls put the 6-10 senior center on the bench.
Parker kept the game close, but didn’t take the lead until Logue got a basket to make it 21-19 near the four-minute mark of the second quarter.
“After struggling for the first couple of minutes, (LeMire) took me out, and I had a couple of minutes to think about it,” he said. “I came back out and took over.”
Parker had its largest lead at 2:30 in the third period when B.J. Scharenbroch’s two free throws made it 37-30, but strong shooting from Beloit’s K.J. Evans in the fourth quarter brought the Purple Knights back.
With the score 51-49 and 30 seconds left, it was LeMire’s defense that needed to shine.
And fortunately for the Vikings, a “David and Goliath” match-up ended with the “Goliath” on the winning side.
As the clock ticked down, the shortest player on either team, Beloit’s 5-7 Jordan Young, had the ball right under the basket. But towering over him was Grafft, who had already blocked one shot in the final minutes and was about to do it again as the final seconds ran off the clock.
PARKER 51, BELOIT 49
Beloit (49)—Lindsey 3-2-8; Young 2-0-4; Lowery 0-2-2; Smith 4-1-10; Fields 1-0-3; Evans 4-0-8; Mauel 1-0-3; Papendorf 1-0-2; Davis 3-3-9. Totals: 19-8-49.
Parker (51)—Holbrook 1-1-3; Logue 7-4-18; Scharenbroch 0-2-2; Moe 2-0-4; Fox 2-1-5; Grafft 9-1-19. Totals: 21-9-51.
Beloit Memorial 16 9 9 15—49
Janesville Parker 15 14 9 13—51
Three-point goals—Beloit 2 (Smith, Mauel). Free throws missed—Beloit 2, Parker 2. Total fouls—Beloit 15, Parker 12.
Sophomores—Beloit 59, Parker 42.