Beloit shrugs off pesky Parker late in game
Beloit Memorial pulled out a 73-64 win in the Big Eight finale, but only after warding off a pesky Viking offense that challenged the Purple Knights the entire game.
With the win, however, Beloit (18-4, 15-3) kept its conference title hopes alive. The Purple Knights would share championship with Madison Memorial (16-5, 15-2) if the Spartans lose a makeup game at home Saturday against Madison East.
Parker’s Creed Knutson had another high-scoring night with 30 points as the Vikings completed an 8-14 regular season with a 6-12 mark in the Big Eight.
The Vikings jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but Beloit came back to lead 18-16 after one quarter. Parker stayed close throughout the first half, and the Knights led only 34-31 at the intermission.
The third quarter proved to be decisive when Beloit went on an 8-2 run to close out the period and establish a 53-44 advantage. Parker played the Knights even in he final quarter 20-20, and got within three points but couldn’t overcome the third-quarter deficit.
With his team trailing 65-57 with 2:10 left in the game, Andrew Somerville squared up and launched a three-point attempt that bounced off the front of the rim. If he had made the shot, it would have been a different game, said Parker coach Ryan Masterson.
“He had a clean shot. It just didn’t go in,” Masterson said. “Had we got it down to a five-point game, I think it would have been a lot closer at the end.”
There also were other missed opportunities for Parker.
“We had it down to a three-point Beloit lead (53-50), but (Cameron) Roegner got open and sank another three, and we didn’t respond,” Masterson said. “There were just too many missed opportunities.”
Parker now prepares for its Division 1 regional opener at home Tuesday against Kenosha Tremper. The winner draws Beloit in the Saturday, March 5, regional finals at Barkin Arena.
“We showed tonight we can play with Beloit, one of the best teams in the state,” Masterson said. “If we take care of business Tuesday, and I think we can if we play like we did tonight, we will be ready for a rematch at Beloit the following Saturday.”
BELOIT 73, PARKER 64
Parker (64)—Somerville, 3-7-13; Schroeder, 1-0-2; Knutson, 9-11-30; Lloyd, 1-2-4; Albeck, 5-0-11; Thompson, 1-2-4. Totals: 20-22-64.
Beloit (73)—Weston, 5-4-14; Crosby, 1-0-2; Roegner, 6-5-20; Ross, 1-0-2; Broomfield, 3-4-11; Winston, 6-2-18; Davies, 1-0-2; Green, 0-4-4. Totals: 23-19-73.
Parker 16 15 13 20—64
Beloit 18 16 19 20—73
Three-point goals—Parker 2 (Knutson, Albeck), Beloit 8 (Roegner 3, Broomfield, Winston 4). Free throws missed—Parker 9, Beloit 5. Total fouls—Parker 21, Beloit 25. Fouled out—Albeck, Thompson, Crosby.
Sophomores—Beloit 64, Parker 56. Parker leading scorers—Tanner Smith 26, Charles Organ 12.