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Thompson, Teubert lead Vikings to season-opening victory

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JOHN N. BARRY
November 25, 2009
— Coach Ryan Masterson believes that if Janesville Parker’s boys basketball program is going to turn the corner this season, it starts with learning how to win.

The Vikings passed their first test Tuesday night.


Jordan Thompson scored 20 points, and Tyler Teubert added 18 as Parker High pulled away for a 67-51 nonconference win over Delavan-Darien in a season opener for both teams.


Although sloppy at times, the Vikings made 15 free throws in the fourth quarter to stretch the lead. The win matched Parker’s season-total from a year ago.


“I really felt like this was maybe our most important game of the year,” Masterson said. “We came into the season with a lot more confidence with the kids we had coming back, so getting a win to open the season was very important.


“I was afraid that a loss tonight might have given us that ‘here we go again’ attitude.”


Parker jumped out to an early lead but led only 12-11 after the first quarter. The Vikings pushed the lead to double digits in the second quarter and eventually led 32-21 by halftime.


The Comets misfired from all over the court in the first half, while the Vikings struggled from the free-throw line. Parker was only 4-for-14 from the line in the opening half, and Delavan-Darien was 6-for-28 from the field.


“We’ve got better shooters than that,” Delavan-Darien coach Bob Beighton said. “And we settled too many times for the outside shot instead of trying to run our half-court set and maybe trying a little high/low.


“But give Parker and coach Masterson credit. They did a good job of executing what they wanted to do.”


Parker maintained a double digit lead for most of the second half. The Comets cut the lead to 52-44 on a Justin Fowlkes steal and layup with 4:41 left to play, but Thompson answered with a three-point play on Parker’s next possession to push the lead back to 11. Delavan-Darien got no closer than 11 the rest of the way as Parker made 11 free throws the final four minutes.


With an opening win and 10 days off, the Vikings can now get ready for the Big Eight Conference opener against Beloit Memorial on Saturday, Dec. 5.


“It was the perfect game for us because we got the win, but yet we’re left with a lot of things to work on before Beloit,” Masterson said.


“I couldn’t ask for a better way to start the season.”


Senior center Tyler Butke paced the Comets with 13 points, while Fowlkes added 12.


PARKER 67, DELAVAN-DARIEN 51

Delavan-Darien (51)—Fowlkes, 4-4-12; Cesarz, 1-1-3; Butke, 4-5-13; Armato, 0-0-0; Scott, 1-6-9; Osborne, 1-0-3; Brickner, 3-2-8; Griffin, 1-0-3. Totals: 15-18-51.


Parker (67)—Simonson, 3-2-8; Thompson, 5-8-20; Schroeder, 3-0-6; Teubert, 5-8-18; Knutson, 3-6-13; Fiedler, 1-0-2. Totals: 20-24-67.


Delavan-Darien 11 10 14 16—51


Janesville Parker 12 20 16 19—67


Three-point goals—Delavan-Darien 3 (Scott, Griffin, Osborne), Parker 3 (Thompson 2, Knutson). Free throws missed—Delavan-Darien 8, Parker 18. Total fouls—Delavan-Darien 28, Parker 19. Fouled out—Osborne, Scott.


Sophomores—Parker 67, Delavan-Darien 45. Parker leading scorers: Decker Thompson, 18; Erik Albeck, 13; Cullin Simonson, 11.



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