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Mike Johnson/Special to the Gazette
January 9, 2010
— The frenetic, wayward action of Friday night’s Rock Valley South battle between the Orfordville Parkview and Walworth Big Foot boys basketball teams was reminiscent of watching a semi without brakes.

Not too smooth, but it was certainly entertaining.


Jamie Wichser’s tip-in of Nick Melton’s missed layup with 10.5 seconds left, accounting for Wichser’s only points of the game, proved to be the winning basket in the Vikings’ key 46-45 victory over the Chiefs.


The win pushed Parkview (8-3) to 4-1 in the conference, while Big Foot saw its five-game winning streak end as the Chiefs (5-4) fell to 4-1. Both are a half-game behind Beloit Turner, which took over the lead at 5-1.


“It was tough,” said Melton, who led all scorers with 22 points. “We played hard. We really put it on them in the first half.


“The second half, we didn’t play as well. But we did something over the years we haven’t been able to (do)—win the ugly ones, and we won one.”


With Parkview down 45-44 and 21.1 seconds remaining, Melton drove the length of the floor, but his flip shot rimmed out. With the Big Foot defense rotating to Melton, though, Wichser was wide open on the weak side to swoop in for the putback.


“We have the athletes for plays like that, so I was hoping if maybe I just got it on the rim, someone could put it back in,” Melton said.


The Chiefs had time to answer, but Steve Dowden’s well-defended three-pointer with no time left was wide.


“This is a big-time win for our program, really,” Parkview coach Paul Saerve said. “They did a nice job tonight. I’m really proud of them.”


There was certainly pride to be had for Big Foot, too, as the Chiefs outscored the Vikings 16-2 in the third quarter after trailing 30-15 at halftime.


Michael Walker guarded Melton predominantly one-on-one in the second half and afforded him little space. Big Foot, meanwhile, shot much better after going a woeful


6-of-24 from the field against Parkview’s match-up zone in the first half.


Three three-point goals by Alec McGreevy, who led Big Foot with 18 points and nine rebounds, at the end of the third and the beginning of the fourth quarter gave the Chiefs a 37-35 lead.


The game seesawed the rest of the way, though Big Foot hurt itself immensely by going 1-of-6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. After Melton’s three-point play gave Parkview a 44-40 lead, Dowden scored five straight points, his only two baskets of the game, on a three and a putback.


McGreevy had appeared to give Big Foot a 47-44 lead on a driving basket with 21.1 seconds left. However, a clear offensive foul call when Walker wiped out Melton to clear McGreevy’s path to the hoop negated the basket and set the stage for Wichser’s winner.


“It was a battle of two pretty good teams out there,” Big Foot coach Dan Dowden said. “You want to win the game on your floor. Now we have the challenge of going down to Orfordville and winning there.”


PARKVIEW 46, BIG FOOT 45


Parkview (46)—Naatz, 2-0-4; Melton, 7-6-22; Isenberger, 5-0-13; Kyser, 1-0-3; Woodworth, 1-0-2; Wichser, 1-0-2. Totals: 17-6-46.


Big Foot (45)—Nagel, 7-0-14; Walker, 0-1-1; Greben, 3-1-7; McGreevy, 6-3-18; Dowden, 2-0-5. Totals: 18-5-45.


Orfordville Parkview 17 13 2 14—46


Walworth Big Foot 6 9 16 14—45


Three-point goals—Parkview 6 (Isenberger 3, Melton 2, Kyser), Big Foot 4 (McGreevy 3, Dowden). Free throws missed—Parkview 4, Big Foot 10. Total fouls—Parkview 15, Big Foot 12.



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