Cardinals' Fuller too much for Vikings
Big Eight Conference boys basketball has not been short on talent the last decade.
At least a dozen players have gone on to play Division I college basketball.
That list includes Wesley Matthews Jr., Reece Gaines, Vander Blue, Keaton Nankivil and Jeronne Maymon.
Sun Prairie’s Nick Fuller may turn out to be the best collegiate player of them all.
The 6-foot-6 junior was a man among boys in his team’s 67-32 Big Eight Conference win over Janesville Parker on Friday night.
Fuller finished with 24 points; nine rebounds, four steals and one thunderous dunk despite sitting out most of the fourth quarter.
Parker, which saw a modest two-game winning streak come to an end, had no answer for Fuller or the Cardinals’ 1-3-1 half-court trapping defense. The Vikings finished with 25 turnovers, and had more turnovers (21) than points (19) after three quarters.
“We’ll just turn the page and forget about this one,” Parker coach Ryan Masterson said. “We didn’t do much right. Everything we weren’t sup posed to do, we did.
“And we got what we expected out of Fuller. He’s an outstanding player. Offensively, he’s a force. And defensively, because he’s so long, he can really disrupt things.”
Parker (3-7, 1-6) took an early 2-0 lead on Erik Albeck’s layup, but Sun Prairie (6-4,
4-3) responded with a 15-0 run to take control. Fuller had 10 points in the opening quarter, including a steal and layup with 3:24 left in the first to make it 15-2. The Cardinals eventually led 24-10 after one and pushed the lead to 37-15 by half.
Fuller had 19 points at half, and had more points (24) than Parker (19) after three quarters, as Sun Prairie pushed the lead to 55-19.
Point guard Andrew Somerville and reserve David Palan led Parker with seven points each. Freshman Nick Noskowiak chipped in 12 points for Sun Prairie.
The Vikings need to forget Friday night’s debacle with cross-town rival Janesville Craig on tap Thursday night.
“We’ve got to focus on next week and Craig,” Masterson said. “For some reason, we just didn’t respond tonight. That’s what is most disappointing.
“Obviously, we’ve got some things to work on in practice, but I know these guys won’t quit. We’ve got adjustments to make, and I think they’ll respond and be ready for Craig.”
SUN PRAIRIE 67, PARKER 32
Sun Prairie (67)—Cromwell, 3-0-7; Fuller, 8-6-24; Noskowiak, 5-0-12; Wallace, 2-2-6; Yentz, 0-1-1; Struebel, 2-0-4; Evans, 2-0-4; Vernio, 1-0-2; Behrens, 1-1-4; Marchese, 0-2-2; Hietpas, 0-1-1. Totals: 24-13-67.
Parker (32)—Somerville, 2-3-7; Albeck, 2-2-6; Grafft, 1-0-2; Smith, 1-0-2; Pullam, 0-4-4; Hauger, 1-2-4; Palan, 2-1-7. Totals: 9-12-32.
Sun Prairie 24 13 18 12—67
Janesville Parker 10 5 4 13—32
Three-point goals—Sun Prairie 5 (Fuller 2, Noskowiak 2, Behrens), Parker 2 (Palan 2). Free throws missed—Sun Prairie 3, Parker 7. Total fouls—Sun Prairie 18, Parker 16.
Sophomores—Sun Prairie 66, Parker 33.