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Burlington hammers Parker boys basketball

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Tim Wester
December 31, 2010
— Janesville Parker High basketball coach Ryan Masterson might need a head start on his New Years' resolutions.

Masterson's first resolution could be to make sure his team doesn't repeat its Thursday night performance in 2011.


After winning five of its first six games, Parker has dropped two in a row, including a frustrating 76-49 loss to Burlington here in a nonconference boys game.


Travis Crayton paced Burlington with 20 points, while Eric Gerber added 18 to lead the Demons to a decisive victory.


"This was not a good way to end the calendar year," Masterson said. "But we're definitely going to learn from this. Obviously, we have a lot to analyze, and hopefully, we can grow from this loss.


Burlington, however, is certainly ending 2010 on a better note.


The Demons, behind Crayton's eight points, opened a 19-8 lead with two minutes left in the first quarter en route to a 22-10 lead at end of the quarter.


The Demons then kicked off the second quarter with an 11-0 run to build the lead to 33-13 lead with 4 minutes left in the half.


Creed Knutson tried to stop the bleeding with a long three-pointer that cut the lead to 33-16. Knutson rolled up a team-high 18 points for the Vikings, but it wasn't enough to stop the Demons.


The shell-shocked Vikings never had an answer for the Southern Lakes Conference leaders and limped into halftime down 40-20.


"The thing that I'm most disappointed with was our first half defense giving up 40 points," Masterson said. "Our intensity level was not where it needed to be."


Unfortunately for the Vikings, Burlington never relinquished its intensity.


The Demons led by as many as 30 points in the third quarter, which led to a heated altercation between a few Parker and Burlington players. After a double technical was called on both teams, Masterson was later issued a technical foul for arguing a call.


"We didn't play well, which made the whole game frustrating," Masterson said. "But what can you do?"


The spirited action certainly didn't deter Burlington, which continued to pour it on in the fourth quarter before unloading its bench with four minutes to play.


"I've got to give Burlington credit, they came out and shot lights out," Masterson said. "It just wasn't our night," Masterson said.


BURLINGTON 76, JANESVILLE PARKER 49


Burlington (76)—Robers, 2-1-6; Reda, 1-0-2; Crayton, 6-6-20; Chavarria, 3-3-10; Gerber, 8-2-18; Z. Oldenburg, 2-2-7; Peterson, 1-0-2; Spieker, 1-0-3; Eulgen, 0-2-2; Weidert, 0-4-4. Totals: 23-20-74.


Parker (49)— Somerville, 3-3-9; Knutson, 5-4-18; Lloyd, 1-1-3; Schroeder, 2-0-4; Albeck, 2-1-6; Grafft, 2-0-4; Hyde, 1-0-2; Smith, 0-3-3. Totals: 16-12-49.


Three point goals—Burlington 8 (Crayton 4, Robers, Chavarria, Z. Oldenburg, Spieker), Parker 5 (Knutson 4, Albeck). Free throws missed—Burlington 8, Parker 5. Total fouls—Burlington 17, Parker 24. Technical fouls—Crayton, Thompson, Masterson.


Sophomores—Burlington 54, Parker 35.



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