Janesville Parker’s boys basketball team is slowly climbing a steep slope back to respectability.
Unfortunately for the Vikings, it’s not resulting in wins.
Brogan Brucker and Alan Roden combined for 45 points Saturday to lead Middleton to a 90-48 Big Eight Conference win on the Vikings court.
Parker (0-8, 0-6) trailed by 10 at half but was outscored 44-12 the second half.
The Vikings cut a double-digit deficit to two with 5:50 left in the first half but saw the Cardinals pull away after that. Middleton went on a 39-11 run to end the first half and start the second half, as Parker saw its losing streak reach 44 games.
Parker coach Keith Miller said his team continues to struggle with consistent play on both ends of the court. The effort is there, but so is the sporadic play.
“The first half today, we were running our offense efficiently and hitting open shots,” Miller said. “But then the second half, we weren’t as comfortable for some reason. We came out flat, they went on a run, and all of a sudden we’re down 16.
I don’t know why, but we panic, start forcing shots and don’t run our offense. And on the other end, our help defense is not good right now.”
Middleton (4-2, 4-2) jumped out to a 23-12 lead with 10:03 left in the opening half. Parker stormed back behind three 3-pointers and eventually got within 29-27 on AJ Thompson’s basket with 5:30 left.
The Cardinals outscored the Vikings 22-4 to start the second half, and the game ended with a running clock the last 4:21 as the lead grew to 40 at 85-45.
Tremar Curry led Parker with 17 points, while Chris Galvan added 12.
Brucker, the Big Eight’s leading scorer, finished with a game-high 23 points and Roden added 22.
Parker hosts Beloit Memorial on Tuesday, and Miller hopes his team learned a valuable lesson the second half Saturday.
“I’m still seeing progress game to game, even though it might not show it on the scoreboard,” Miller said. “We’ve just got to find a way to put a complete game together.
“There’s no reason for us to panic like we did to start the second half, but for some reason we did.”
MIDDLETON 90, PARKER 48
Middleton (90)—Brunker, 8-6-22; Roden, 8-6-22; Michaels, 6-1-14; Roquet, 2-3-9; Ticknor, 1-0-2; Boyle, 1-0-3; Vergenz, 4-0-9; Ragsdale, 1-1-3; Wirkus, 1-0-3; Thomas, 1-0-2. Totals: 33-17-90.
Parker (49)—Dahlke, 1-0-3; Galvan, 5-0-12; Thompson, 1-0-2; Ellison, 1-0-3; Curry, 5-5-17; Lippens, 0-1-1; Biba, 2-2-6; Garvoille, 1-0-2; Meyers, 1-0-2. Totals: 17-8-48.
Middleton 46 44— 90
Parker 36 12 —48
Three-point goals—Middleton 7 (Roquet 2, Brunker, Michaels, Boyle, Vergenz, Wirkus), Parker 6 (Galvan 2, Curry 2, Dahlke, Ellison). Free throws missed—Middleton 6, Parker 6. Total fouls—Middleton 15, Parker 20.