Missed free throws and two costly late turnovers doomed Janesville Parker’s boys basketball team Saturday afternoon.
Ta Shun Pender scored 29 points to help Madison West rally for a 66-63 win in a Big Eight Conference thriller in Madison.
Parker, which got a game-high 30 points from Tre Miller, had a chance to force overtime the last 30 seconds, but a turnover and a missed 3-point shot sealed the Vikings’ fate.
“Give West credit,” Parker coach Matt Bredesen said. “They made plays on both ends late in the game. And we have to figure out how to take care of the ball better.
“We’ve put ourselves in a position to win both our games this week, but we have to figure out how to finish and win those games.”
Miller, a junior point guard, had 25 points in the first half, including five 3-pointers. Parker (1-2, 0-2) led 36-33 at halftime.
Senior center Jacob Naber took over the scoring role for Parker in the second half and finished with 23.
Parker missed five free throws, including three in the final two minutes when it had a chance to tie the game.
“The biggest problem for us the second half was initiating our offense too quickly,” Bredesen said. “We weren’t patient enough and forced some shots instead of setting up and getting into our offense.”
Parker plays at Beloit Memorial on Tuesday.
WEST 66, PARKER 63Parker (63)—Miller 11-3-30; Skrzypchak 1-0-2; Douglas 3-2-8; Naber 8-7-23. Totals: 23-12-63.
West (66)—Williams 2-4-9; Pender 12-5-29; Jacobs 6-3-16; Louding 1-0-3; Brown 3-0-9. Totals: 24-12-66.
Halftime—Parker 36, West 33. 3-point goals—Parker 5 (Miller), West 6 (Brown 3, Louding, Jacobs, Williams). Free throws missed—Parker 5, West 9. Total fouls—Parker 16, West 18.