East pulls away from Parker boys
Parker High was 5-1 and looking like an upper-division team in the Big Eight Conference.
The wheels have been spinning ever since.
Nimrod Hilliard scored 22 points, and Rudy Bentley added 16 here Friday night to lead Madison East to a 66-56 win over the sliding Vikings.
Parker (6-7, 4-7) jumped out to an early 7-0 lead against East (8-5, 6-4) but could maintain any consistency on offense, despite a decided size advantage. The Vikings started three players 6-foot-5 or taller, while the Purgolders’ tallest starter was 6-3.
“We started settling for one pass and one shot, and I’m not exactly sure why,” Parker coach Ryan Masterson said. “That really hurt us in the second quarter when East made its run, and I told the guys afterward, that was the game right there.
“In the second half, we did a much better job of getting the ball where it was supposed to go, but they made their free throws and hit some big shots when they needed to.”
Parker led 11-10 after one quarter, but a 17-4 run by East in the second quarter changed the complexion of the game. The Vikings could not generate any offense, while the Purgolders had four threes in the second quarter.
The Vikings trailed by 13 at half, but they cut the margin to six midway through the fourth quarter. The Purgolders held off Parker by making all 17 free throws they attempted in the game, including 14-for-14 in the fourth quarter. Hilliard was 12-for-12 from the line in the fourth as he directed traffic out front with his adept ball-handling skills and superior court vision.
“They played very well from the second quarter on,” Masterson said of the Purgolders. “They made shots, and when we had to foul them, they didn’t miss.
“Our effort was much better in the second half. Hopefully, we can carry that over to tomorrow.”
Creed Knutson led the Vikings with 15 points, but the 6-5 senior did not get enough touches in the post to offset the quick but undersized Purgolders.
Parker hosts Madison West 2:45 p.m. today.
EAST 66, PARKER 56
East (66)—Bentley, 4-4-16; Hilliard, 5-12-22; McLin, 3-3-10; Amara, 2-0-6; Williams, 6-0-12. Totals: 20-19-66.
Parker (56)—Somerville, 3-2-8; Schroeder, 3-2-8; Knutson, 6-2-15; Lloyd, 2-2-6; Albeck, 4-0-10; Thompson, 3-3-9. Totals: 21-11-56.
Madison East 10 24 15 17—66
Janesville Parker 11 10 17 18—56
Three-point goals—East 7 (Bentley 4, Amala 2, McLin), Parker 3 (Albeck 2, Knutson). Free throws missed—East 0, Parker 3. Total fouls—East 15, Parker 18.
Sophomores—East 65, Parker 63. Parker leading scorers: Cavaan Conley, 19; Adam Thompson, 15.