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Burlington ends Parker boys basketball season

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Gazette Staff
March 3, 2012
— Inconsistent play was the trademark for Janesville Parker’s boys basketball team this season.

The Vikings played well for stretches in every game but disappeared at other critical times.


That disappearing act put an end to the season Friday night.


Parker saw a 3-point halftime deficit swell to double digits early in the second half in a 68-54 loss to Burlington in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal game. Friday’s game was moved up two hours because of the winter storm.


Burlington (16-7) hosts Franklin in a regional final game tonight.


Parker, which finished 7-16, was left to deal with another Jekyll-and-Hyde performance. The Vikings fell behind by nine in the second quarter but sliced the deficit to three by half. Yet with momentum on its side, Parker was outscored 22-12 in the third.


“Burlington is obviously a very fundamentally-sound team who makes you pay for your mistakes, and that’s what happened to us when they made their run the second half,” Parker coach Ryan Masterson said. “The bounces went their way the second half, and we missed some shots and free throws.


“But I can’t fault our effort. The intensity was there for us from the opening tip. We just couldn’t knock down shots when we had to, especially from the outside.”


Parker did not have a three-point basket, while Burlington made six, including three from senior guard Alex Oldenburg.


Senior Andrew Somerville and junior Tanner Smith led four Viking players in double figures with 13 points each. Seniors Erik Albeck and Decker Thompson scored 11 points each.


“I can’t say enough about the senior class,” Masterson said. “They were a big part of helping this program turn the corner. They won 16 games the last two years, which is more than any team has won in two years in a long time.


“Parker boys basketball has a lot more respect now when we go places, and those seniors are a big reason why.”


BURLINGTON 68, PARKER 54


Parker (54)—Somerville, 6-1-13; Smith, 3-7-13; Albeck, 5-1-11; Thompson, 3-5-11; Grafft, 2-2-6. Totals: 19-16-54.


Burlington (68)—Taylor, 0-2-2; Reda, 3-0-7; Biedrzyck, 5-4-16; Oldenburg, 4-0-11; Peterson, 5-3-13; Dennis, 4-2-10; Gerber, 4-1-9. Totals: 25-12-68


Janesville Parker 9 16 12 17—54


Burlington 14 14 22 18—68


Three-point goals—Burlington 6 (Oldenburg 3, Biedrzyck 2, Reda). Free throws missed—Parker 8, Burlington 6. Total fouls—Parker 16, Burlington 18.


n Sun Prairie 51, Oconomowoc 33—Nick Fuller and Nick Niskowiak combined for 37 points to lead the host Cardinals to the Division 1 regional semifinal win.


Sun Prairie plays the winner of tonight’s Watertown vs. Middleton game Monday night.


SUN PRAIRIE 51, OCONOMOWOC 33


Oconomowoc (33)—Poker, 2; Schmidt, 14; A. Elleseg, 2; Duffy, 3; Larson, 6; Cramer, 6. Totals: 13-0-33.


Sun Prairie (51)—Markesi, 2; Cromwell, 5; Fuller, 19; Noskowiak, 18; Yentz, 2; Streubel, 2; Wallace, 3. Totals: 13-21-51.


Oconomowoc 8 8 7 10—33


Sn Prairie 16 7 10 18—51


Three-point goals—Oconomowoc 7 (Schmidt 4, Larson 2, Duffy), Sun Prairie 4 (Noskowiak 3, Fuller). Free throws missed—Oconomowoc 4, Sun Prairie 4. Total fouls—Oconomowoc 18, Sun Prairie 9.


Division 3


n Lake Mills 73, Lakeside 70—Lake Mills rallied from a four-point deficit in overtime to defeat Lakeside.


Jason Eternick had a game-high 26 points for Lake Mills, which plays the winner of tonight’s Edgerton vs. East Troy game Monday night.


LAKE MILLS 73, LAKESIDE 70


Lake Mills (73)—Chwala, 7-0-14; Moen, 8-1-17; McFarlane, 2-2-6; Murphy, 8-2-21; Strasburg, 1-2-5; Hogeboom, 2-0-5; Coyo, 2-0-5. Totals: 30-8-73


Lakeside (70)—Torgerson, 1-0-3; Doyle, 3-2-8; Gronholz, 3-0-7; Klug, 4-3-12; Gartner, 1-5-7; Eternick, 10-6-26; Schneider, 2-0-4; Schultz, 1-1-3. Totals: 25-17-70


Lake Mills 10 19 17 18 9—73


Lakeside Luth. 15 14 15 20 6—70



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