Vikings' late run comes up short
Janesville Parker’s late run was not enough to pick up a Big Eight Conference road victory.
The Vikings boys basketball team clawed back from an 18-point third-quarter deficit to get within four points in the fourth, but it ultimately lost 66-59 at Madison West on Thursday night.
“We turned the ball over too much in the first half,” Vikings coach Ryan Masterson said of his team’s 14 cough-ups. “But the kids kept battling.”
Despite the turnover troubles, Parker only trailed by seven points at halftime.
The Regents stretched their lead to 50-32 in the third, and the Vikings got back within a dozen heading to the fourth.
Parker senior J.J. Scott scored 13 of his team-high 21 points in the final eight minutes, and they trailed just 52-48 with 3:30 remaining. But they couldn’t get over the hump late.
West’s Malik Clements, the Big Eight’s leading scorer, had a game-high 24 points.
Adam Thompson had 14 for Parker, which fell to 5-14 overall and 2-13 in league play. It hosts Verona at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday.