Madison Memorial rolls past Parker
The second-ranked Spartans, with the help of four Parker High turnovers in the first three minutes, jumped to a 9-0 start and never let up before registering a 69-46 victory Friday night in Big Eight boys basketball.
The win kept four-time defending champion Memorial (11-2, 9-1) in first place and fired up the Spartans for a big showdown. They face Minnetonka (14-1), Minnesota’s third-ranked team, at tonight as part of the Border Battle between Wisconsin and Minnesota teams at Verona High School.
Junior standout Jeronne Maymon led Memorial with 16 points, with nine in the third quarter, as the Spartans used a 21-8 advantage for a 54-27 lead over Parker. Fred Ringhand had a 12-point game for Memorial, and Vander Blue came off the bench with 11 points as 12 Spartans scored in the game.
Riley Grafft, who is the second-leading scorer in the Big Eight behind Maymon, led Parker with 15 points. D’Merius Holbrook added 11 points in coming off the bench.
“There is always worry, especially because this was finals week for us,” Memorial coach Steve Collins said another decisive victory. “Obviously, there is always a worry of looking past teams sometimes. But I thought we came out pretty well in that second half and executed.”
After a Holbrook jumper, Parker (4-9, 2-7) managed to get within 27-17 late in the first half. However, Xavier Jones and Ringhand made consecutive lay-ups before Devonte Maymon added a jumper to end the threat.
“I was pleased with how the kids battled,” Parker coach Jim LeMire said. “We had our problems with turnovers, but the kids didn’t get their heads down.”
Parker struggled against the Spartans’ full-court press, committing 27 turnovers. That limited their scoring opportunities, especially in getting the ball inside to Riley, who had only eight shots and made four.
“It’s not easy, because Memorial presses you and throws a lot of different things at you,” LeMire added.
MEMORIAL 69, PARKER 46
Parker (46)—Holbrook, 5-1-11; Logue, 1-0-2; Rung-Slatter, 2-0-4; Scharenbroch, 0-5-5; Moe, 1-0-2; Thompson, 1-0-2; Fox, 1-0-2; Ackerman, 1-0-2; Grafft, 4-6-15; Jones, 0-1-1. Totals: 16-13-46.
Memorial (69)—Henderson, 2-1-5; Ringhand, 5-1-11; Nkemnji, 2-0-4; E. Blue, 0-2-2; Lutz, 0-1-1; Curtin, 0-1-1; McClurg, 1-0-2; Jones, 1-0-2; D. Maymon, 3-1-7; Creamer, 4-0-8; V. Blue, 4-0-10; J. Maymon, 6-4-16. Totals: 28-11-69.
Janesville Parker 9 10 8 19—46
Madison Memorial 18 15 21 15—69
Three-point goals—Parker 1 (Grafft), Memorial 2 (V. Blue 2). Free throws missed—Parker 5, Memorial 8. Total fouls—Parker 13, Memorial 17.
Sophomores—Memorial 58, Janesville 30.