Parker boys suffer overtime loss to West
The first step in rebuilding a downtrodden program is learning how to win.
Janesville Parker High School’s boys basketball team found out the hard way Friday night.
The Vikings blew a 14-point lead in the second quarter and unraveled in the third quarter in losing a Big Eight Conference overtime thriller to Madison West, 65-62.
Parker (3-12, 1-11) lost both games to West (3-11, 3-9) this season in overtime after squandering late fourth-quarter leads.
“We needed to come out in the third quarter with a killer instinct, and we didn’t,” Parker coach Ryan Masterson said. “Once you get up on a team and have a chance to bury them like we did in the second quarter, you have to do that.
“I was disappointed in our play in the third quarter because we knew West was going to come out and play hard, and we didn’t respond to the challenge.”
Parker led 28-14 with 5:14 left in the first half and appeared on the verge of blowing out the Regents.
The lead remained in double digits at half, 37-27, but West lit up the Vikings in the third quarter with long-range shooting of Cooper Armstrong. The senior had three three-point baskets in the period, and John Harth added 11 points as West outscored Parker 24-9 to take a 51-46 lead into the fourth.
Parker rallied in the fourth quarter behind Cody Simonson. The senior had nine points in the fourth, including two threes. Simonson’s layup with 55 seconds left gave Parker a 59-56 lead, but West got within one on James Bester’s putback with 22 seconds left. Simonson made one free throw to push the lead back to two with 17 seconds left, but Harth tied the game at 60-60 with a runner in the lane with seven seconds left.
Jordan Thompson missed an off-balance jumper at the buzzer to end regulation, and the Vikings scored only score two points in the extra session.
Parker led briefly in overtime on two Simonson free throws with 2:38 left, but the Regents scored the last five points from the line to claim the victory.
The Vikings did not make a shot from inside the arc in the second half until Kyle Schroeder’s putback with 3:41 left in the game, and had only two two-point field goals the final 20 minutes of play.
“West came out in a zone the second half and we got content shooting threes,” said Masterson, whose team scored its first 15 points of the second half from beyond the arc.
“And we did a poor job of recognizing their shooters (Armstrong) in the third quarter. That was the difference in the game as far as I was concerned.”
WEST 65, PARKER 62 (OT)
West (65)—Bellmar, 1-0-2; Golden, 3-0-6; Harth, 8-7-24; Bester, 1-0-2; Armstrong, 5-4-19; Carey, 2-3-7; Jones Jr., 2-1-5. Totals: 22-15-65.
Parker (62)—Simonson, 6-3-18; Thompson, 2-1-7; Teubert, 3-8-16; Knutson, 3-3-10; Fiedler, 3-0-7; Schroeder, 2-0-4. Totals: 19-15-62.
Madison West 12 15 24 9 5—65
Janesville Parker 20 17 9 14 2—62
Three-point goals—West 6 (Armstrong 5, Harth), Parker 9 (Simonson 3, Thompson 2, Teubert 2, Knutson, Fiedler). Free throws missed—West 5, Parker 7. Total fouls—West 21, Parker 16. Fouled out—Armstrong.
Sophomores—Parker 62, West 52. Parker leading scorers—Andrew Somerville, 18; Erik Albeck, 15; Charlie Grafft, 11.