Parker pushes Beloit to the finish
The Purple Knights dared the Vikings to stop K.J. Evans and Leketreius Broomfield. The truth was, Parker couldn’t stop either player.
Evans and Broomfield scored 36 of Beloit’s 38 second-half points to carry the Purple Knights past Parker, 80-71, in an inspired performance by the Vikings here Saturday afternoon.
In bouncing back from Thursday’s last-second loss at Sun Prairie, the Purple Knights improved to 6-4 in the Big Eight and 8-5 overall. Parker, in one of its best overall performances of the season, fell to 1-9 and 3-10.
Evans finished with a game-high 34 points, while Broomfield added 19, including 17 in the second half, as they proved to be too much for Parker’s zone defense.
“We went with different looks and switched to three different types of defenses,” Parker coach Ryan Masterson said. They (the Knights) give a lot of teams in the Big Eight trouble with their quickness and explosiveness.”
Meanwhile, Parker’s offense kept the home team in contention the entire game. Tyler Teubert paced the Vikings with 27 points, while Creed Knutson added 14, and Kyle Schroeder had 12.
“I was really happy with our offensive execution,” said Masterson, whose team was blown out 82-61 at Beloit earlier in the season. “We did a much better job holding onto the ball this time around against them.”
The Vikings used their pinpoint offensive execution to erase a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter. After Broomfield’s jumper built the Beloit lead to 72-60, the Vikings cut the lead to 74-67 on a Cody Simonson layup with 2:20 to play.
The Vikings had a chance to draw closer, but a rare miscommunication on offense led to a costly turnover with two minutes left.
Evans and Broomfield put the game away with six points down the stretch to disappoint the home crowd.
“They’re an improved team,” Beloit coach Jay Bryant said of the Vikings. “The one thing Ryan (Masterson) has gotten through to those guys is they’re not quitting, and they gave us a tough game. Every time we’d pull away, they’d seem to come back.”
The back-and-forth action began early in the game, with the Purple Knights leading a 22-21 lead after one quarter.
Beloit took control in the second quarter and jumped out to a 42-32 with a 1:04 left in the half.
Consecutive layups from Jordan Thompson and Schroeder cut the lead to just 42-36 by halftime. Beloit then rebuilt its lead to 55-44 midway through the third, but a quick 12-3 spurt by Parker cut the deficit to 59-56 late in the third quarter.
With game still up for grabs, Bryant relied on his hot-shooting duo to finish off Parker in the fourth.
“We just go with what’s hot, and we were attacking, and those two guys (Evans and Broomfield) had the ball at the end,” Bryant said. “K.J. had a great game, but he’s been an all-around good player the last three weeks.”
BELOIT 80, PARKER 71
Beloit (80)—Stone, 3-0-9; Broomfield, 5-9-19; Shamsid-Dean, 4-0-9; Roegner, 0-2-2; Evans, 13-7-34; Weston, 3-1-7. Totals: 28-19-80.
Parker (71)—Teubert, 11-5-27; Thompson, 3-0-8; Simonson, 4-0-9; Knutson, 7-0-14; Fiedler, 0-3-3; Schroeder, 6-0-12. Totals: 31-8-71.
Beloit Memorial 22 20 18 20— 80
Janesville Parker 21 15 20 15—71
Three-point goals—Beloit 5 (Stone 3, Shamsid-Dean, Evans), Parker 3 (Thompson 2, Simonson). Free throws missed—Beloit 4, Parker 8. Total fouls—Beloit 14, Parker 18.