Not so grand finale
“They played a zone and packed it inside, but we couldn’t hit from outside,” said Parker High coach Jim LeMire. “When that happens, you know it’s going to be a long night.”
Parker was 3-for-11, including a three-point basket, on field-goal attempts in a 16-7 first quarter and scored just four points in the second period to trail 34-11 at halftime.
On a night when scouts from Nevada and American universities were in the stands to watch Parker’s 6-10 senior, Riley Grafft, East’s Marquis Mason, the Big Eight leading scorer with an 18.1 average, had his way. The 6-5 sophomore scored at will to collect 18 points in the first half.
Neither Grafft nor D’Merius Holbrook, a 6-4 senior, could contain Mason.
The first half was one of the worst of the season for Parker. The Vikings did not draw a single foul in the first half and ended up just 1-2 from the free-throw line in the game.
The second half went better for Parker, at least defensively.
“We picked up the intensity, but it was too late,” LeMire said. “It was just too much of a deficit to come back from.”
Parker had veteran East coach Rich Cleveland scratching his head and calling back-to-back timeouts when the Vikings made a run early in the fourth quarter. They pulled within 38-25, while holding Mason scoreless in the third quarter and early in the fourth.
After the second East timeout, however, Mason got back on track and closed out with eight points on his way to a game-high 26.
Grafft scored 28 in Parker’s 55-48 victory at East last month, but he led the Vikings this time with only eight on a night when his team could muster only 12 field goals and one free throw.
East (6-10, 8-12) committed only four fouls for the game, all in the second half.
Parker closed out the regular season at 6-14, 4-12. The loss prevented the Vikings from sweeping a conference opponent for the first time since the 1984-85 season, when they defeated Beloit and Madison West twice.
EAST 48, PARKER 27
East (48 )—Bartelt, 3-0-6; Mayne, 3-0-7; Avelleyra, 2-0-5; Mason, 12-2-26; Love, 1-0-2; Steele, 1-0-2. Totals: 22-2-48.
Parker (27)—Logue, 2-0-4; Moe, 1-0-2; Sam, 1-0-3; Fox, 2-0-5; Grafft, 4-0-8; Scharenbroch, 2-0-4; Holbrook, 0-1-1. Totals: 12-1-27.
Madison East 16 18 4 10—48
Janesville Parker 7 4 7 9—27
Three-point goals—East 2 (Mayne, Avelleyra), Parker 2 (Sam, Fox). Free throws missed—East 3, Parker 1. Total fouls—East 4, Parker 8.
Sophomores—East 57, Parker 55 (OT). Parker high scorers: Tyler Teubert, 12; Cody Simonson, 10.