Memorial too much for Parker boys
Tre Burnette collected the opening tip won by teammate Junior Lomomba and raced in for an easy lay-up to start a 10-1 burst by Madison Memorial.
It was a lead the Spartans would never relinquish en route to a 65-42 win to remain unbeaten in Big Eight boys basketball.
Seven-time defending champion Memorial (8-1), No. 4 in the AP Division 1 state ratings, went to 7-0 in the conference and maintained a one-game lead over Beloit. Parker fell to 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the Big Eight.
Creed Knutson answered Memorial’s quick basket with a free throw for Parker, but the Spartans ran off eight straight points and never looked back. Burnette scored on back-to-back possessions to start the run.
“We missed so many shots early and played a little scared,” Parker coach Ryan Masterson said. “Then the game got away from us.”
The Memorial lead grew to 33-13 on Jester Weah’s three-point play with a minute left in the first half.
Burnette had eight of his 14 points in the first quarter to spark the 17-6 advantage. Lomomba opened the second quarter with an alley-opp dunk from Brendan Ortiz and also finished with 14.
Ortiz added 10 points for the Spartans, who play one of Illinois’ highest ranked teams today at Highland Park.
Andrew Somerville led Parker with 16 points, including seven in the fourth quarter. Knutson added 14.
“We had a lot of turnovers, but their press will do that to a lot of teams,” Masterson said of the Spartans, who have been in the last seven WIAA state tournaments and were Division 1 runners-up last season. “They have one of the best presses in the state.”
The Spartans full-court trapping press forced the bulk of Parker’s 20 turnovers
The Vikings also misfired on 13 of their 18 first-half shots as Memorial built a 35-16 lead, after making 14 of their 26 first half attempts.
“As the game went along, I think we gained some confidence and hopefully we can learn from that,” Masterson said.
MEMORIAL 65, PARKER 42
Parker (42)—Somerville, 5-3-16; B. Thompson, 0-2-2; Schroeder, 0-3; Albeck, 1-0-2; Knutson, 4-6-14; Lloyd, 2-0-4. Totals: 14-11-42.
Memorial (65)—Parkman, 0-2-2; Ortiz, 4-0-10; Ferguson, 0-1-1; Chamberlain, 1-1-3; Weah, 2-1-5; Burnett, 7-0-14; Songolo, 1-4-6; Lomomba, 6-2-14; Nankevil, 0-1-1; Schurlock, 4-0-9. Totals: 25-12-65.
Janesville Parker 6 10 11 15—42
Madison Memorial 17 18 12 18—65
Three-point goals—Parker 3 (Somerville 3), Memorial 3 (Oritz 2, Scurlock). Free throws missed—Parker 6, Memorial 7. Total fouls—Parker 16, Memorial 18.
Sophomores—Memorial 63, Parker 41.