Parker boys lose lead
Despite an 11-point lead in the second quarter, the Vikings struggled down the stretch as Madison East rallied for a 63-54 Big Eight Conference win.
Parker (5-11, 3-9) took a 54-53 lead with 2:03 left to play on Tanner Smith’s basket, but East (6-11, 5-9) scored the last 10 points of the game.
“It’s frustrating because we certainly had our chances,” Parker coach Ryan Masterson said. “We missed too many point-blank shots, and they hurt us with some three’s late.
“Overall, I thought we did a pretty good job, especially on the defensive end.”
East took the lead for good at 56-54 with 1:53 left on Miles Kietzer’s third three-point basket of the quarter. Jermel McLin pushed the lead to four with a layup, and Rudy Bentley then made four straight free throws to seal the victory.
The Purgolders finished with eight three-pointer’s, including four in the fourth quarter. Bentley, who had 35 against Parker earlier this season, finished with a game-high 20 on Saturday. He had 15 in the second half.
“Bentley is a tough match-up for us because of his ability to penetrate and get to the basket,” Masterson said. “I thought we did a decent job of denying him that, but then they had some other guys step up and hurt us.
“We just have to finish better and make the point-blank shot.”
Masterson took an early timeout to make it clear that one pass and a shot was not going to cut it on the offensive end. The Vikings responded with a 10-3 run to take a four-point lead after one. Parker continued its strong play early in the second as the lead grew to 24-13 on Decker Thompson’s three-point basket with 3:01 left in the half. East eventually cut the margin to five at half and drew even at 40-40 after three quarters.
Smith led Parker with 14 points, including 12 in the second half. Andrew Somerville finished with 13 for the Vikings, and Thompson added 11.
EAST 63, PARKER 54
East (63)—Bentley, 5-7-20; Wright, 1-0-2; Barthwait, 4-4-12; Burks, 3-1-8; McLin, 4-0-9; Kietzer, 3-0-9; Karlin-Kaman, 0-1-1; Staples, 1-0-2. Totals: 21-13-63.
Parker (54)—Somerville, 5-2-13; Smith, 6-2-14; Albeck, 2-2-7; Thompson, 3-4-11; Grafft, 2-0-4; Treinen, 2-1-5. Totals: 20-11-54.
Madison East 8 15 17 23—63
Janesville Parker 12 16 12 14—54
Three-point goals—East 8 (Keitzer 3, Bentley 3, McLIn, Burks), Parker 2 (Somerville, Thompson). Free throws missed—East 3, Parker 5. Total fouls—East 15, Parker 15.
Sophomores—East 57, Parker 56.