Memorial pulls away from Parker
Memorial’s Junior Lomomba made sure there would be no upsets Saturday night in the Parker gym. The 6-3 sophomore guard scored 20 points to lead the six-time defending champion Spartans (10-3, 7-2) past Parker, 80-49, to remain in the thick of the Big Eight Conference title chase.
Even with Blue scoring only seven points and point guard Brandon Ortiz still out with an injury, it’s difficult to imagine Memorial's defending WIAA Division 1 state champions can play much better.
“We’ve had Junior (Lomomba) back for a couple of weeks now, and that has helped,” said Spartans coach Steve Collins. “We were having to play a lot of half court man-to-man. As soon as he came back, we’re so long that we’ve been able to pressure the last couple of opponents more.
“When we do that and get out in the open, we’re pretty good,” Collins said.
Collins’ definition of “pretty good” includes full-court pressure, blinding speed off the boards and dominance on the offensive end.
“They have great athletes, they are fundamentally sound, and they attack the basket well,” said Parker coach Ryan Masterson. “They’re just a great team, and they showed us how high the bar is and where we will need to go to be able to play at that level.”
It took Memorial a quarter to establish its dominance, a function of Parker’s play, according to Collins.
“We knew Parker could shoot the ball, and we were having to adjust early,” Collins said. “I think Ryan is doing a good job with his team, and we were having some trouble with them early.”
Masterson said the Vikings (3-8, 1-7) might have surprised Memorial with their early defense.
“I think they were expecting a man-to-man, and our zone had some effect,” Masterson said. “We played fairly well at the beginning on defense, but they just overpowered us in the open court.”
The Spartans broke the game open in the second quarter behind Lomomba’s 14 first-half points. Memorial stretched its lead to 30 in the third quarter.
Masterson was ejected from the game at the 4:10 mark in the third period after arguing what he believed should have been a foul. He said he was embarrassed at being ejected after he received two technical fouls and did not want to discuss the incident.
Joining Lomomba in double figures for Memorial was 6-2 senior guard Tre Creamer. Parker’s Jordan Thompson and Creed Knutson each had 10.
Masterson said despite the determination of his players, they were simply outplayed by a much better team, but there are some positive experiences.
“When you go up against the best, you see what you have to do to get to the next level,” Masterson said. “We see what it’s like to play against a team that plays with that much intensity.
“We also learned that the way they push the ball up the floor we have to hustle back,” he said. “Against Memorial, you have to sprint back. They are the measuring stick.”
The Vikings host Middleton on Thursday.
“I’ll be very disappointed if we don’t give them a very good game,” Masterson said.
MEMORIAL 80, PARKER 49
Memorial (80)—Fredricks, 2-2-6; Creamer, 5-4-15; Blue, 3-1-7; Lomomba, 8-4-20; Morris, 1-4-6; Kluender, 2-0-4; Burnette, 0-1-1; Chamberlain, 4-0-8; Weah, 1-1-3; Nkemnji, 1-1-3; Scharch, 1-0-2; Olson, 1-3-5; Totals: 29-21-80.
Parker (49)—Simonson 2-2-6; Thompson, 2-4-10; Teubert, 2-1-5; Knutson, 3-2-10; Fielder, 2-0-5; Schroeder, 2-0-4; Cahill, 0-1-1; Lehr, 0-1-1; Hyde, 2-2-6; Moe, 0-1-1. Totals: 15-14-49.
Madison Memorial 17 23 27 13—80
Janesville Parker 9 12 12 16—49
Three-point goals—Memorial 1 (Creamer). Parker 5 (Thompson 2, Knutson 2, Fiedler). Free throws missed—Memorial 13, Parker 9. Totals fouls—Memorial 22, Parker 26.
Sophomores—Memorial 64, Parker 49 P leaders: Andrew Somerville 23.