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Janesville Parker boys step up in loss

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Gazette Staff
January 6, 2010

It was a step in the right direction—a big step.


Janesville Parker stayed with ranked Sun Prairie the entire game, before losing the Big Eight Conference boys basketball game, 85-80, on the Cardinals’ court Tuesday night.


Four Vikings scored in double figures, led by Jordan Thompson’s 24 points, which included a 10-for-10 performance from the line.


The game was tied at 37-all at halftime, and the Vikings came back from an 11-point deficit going into the final quarter.


“I’ve said there’s no such thing as moral victories,” said Parker coach Ryan Masterson, “but we played toe-to-toe with the No. 8-ranked team in the state for the whole game.


“I have all the respect for Sun Prairie, and they are a great team,” Masterson said. “I didn’t think we played bad defensively, and they put up 85 points. They shoot the ball well, but we didn’t back down one bit. We ran our offense well, and we stood toe-to-toe with them.”


The Vikings shot 8-of-12 from the field in the first quarter, which ended with the Cards ahead, 23-21. The Vikings then went 11-of-16 from the line in the second quarter, including two by Matt Fiedler with two seconds left in the half that tied the game at 37.


Sun Prairie (4-1 in the Big Eight, 8-1 overall) used a pair of 6-0 runs in the third quarter to open up a lead. Tyler Teubert, who finished with 18 points, had a three-point play to cut the lead to 53-49, before the Cardinals increased the lead.


Parker went on a 6-0 run to get within three, 65-62, with about 5 ½ minutes left, but the Cardinals went on a 5-0 run. A three-pointer by Parker’s Jordan Thompson got the margin down to five, 83-78, with about 20 seconds left.


Creed Knutson had 19 points for the Vikings, while Fiedler added 13.


“I’m proud of our guys,” Masterson said. “I told them they raised the bar on my expectations, and I’m going to expect that from them night in and night out.”


Masterson said the Vikings’ effort was consistent throughout the game.


“We made a few mistakes, but you have to give Sun Prairie credit for some of that,” Masterson said. “But I would have to say it was our most complete game.”


And a definite step in the right direction.


SUN PRAIRIE 85, PARKER 80

Parker (80)—Huser, 1-2-4; Simonson, 0-2-2; Thompson, 5-10-24; Teubert, 7-4-18; Knutson, 7-4-19; Fiedler, 5-1-13. Totals: 25-24-80.


Sun Prairie (85)—Thiel, 1-0-2; Schaffner, 5-4-16; Noskowiak, 4-3-12; Hawkins, 7-0-14; Boos, 4-4-13; Mifflin, 3-3-9; Fuller, 9-0-19. Totals: 33-14-85.


Janesville Parker 21 16 15 28—80


Sun Prairie 23 14 26 22—85


Three-point goals—Parker 6 (Thompson 4, Knutson, Fiedler). Sun Prairie 5 (Schaffner 2, Noskowiak, Boos, Fuller). Free throws missed—Parker 7, Sun Prairie 7. Total fouls—Parker 14, Sun Prairie 26. Fouled out—Noskowiak.



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