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Janesville Parker basketball stays close

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Christopher Heimerman
December 17, 2009
— By keeping the ball in their grasp, the Janesville Parker Vikings were able to keep the Madison East Purgolders at arm’s length.

But despite improving on a 34-turnover performance in Friday’s 58-55 loss at Madison West, Parker High (1-3, 0-3) fell 67-54 to East (5-0, 3-0) here Wednesday in a Big Eight Conference boys basketball make-up game.


The Vikings seized a 6-2 lead as Creed Knutson hit a three-pointer from the left wing before following with another on the right side during the next trip off a skip pass by senior Tyler Teubert.


East took a 7-6 lead before Parker senior Jordan Thompson hit a three from the right corner, making the Vikings 3-for-3 from beyond the arc to open the game.


“We came out real well and were able to hit the perimeter shots,” Teubert said. “Creed and Jordan got us off and running.”


Knutson went 3-for-4 from long range and led the Viking with 15 points.


“(No.) 32 (Knutson) was just knocking down shots,” East senior Marquis Mason said. “Something clicked in my head, and I knew I had to step up.”


And did he.


Mason, a veritable 6-4 locomotive, pulled down his third offensive board on the following trip and scored the putback, triggering a 9-4 spurt that put East up 18-13 at the end of the first quarter.


When Mason snagged a rebound with 1:52 left in the half, he’d achieved a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards.


“I didn’t know it was that quick, but my goal is to get a double-double every night,” said Mason, who hit two free throws on the ensuing trip to give his Purgolders a 31-22 lead.


He finished with a game-high 31 points to go with 14 rebounds—six offensive—and four blocks.


East, up 33-22, tried to run out the last 57.4 seconds of the first-half clock, only to have Thompson poke the ball free from Rudy Bentley Jr. with eight seconds left. The Vikings pushed it up to their leading scorer, Teubert, who put in his first two points of the game with two seconds left to cut the halftime lead to 33-24.


“I think they made it a point to take him away,” said Parker coach Ryan Masterson said of Teubert, “but he’s a battler, and he comes to compete every night.”


The Vikings used a 3-2 matchup zone to bog down the Purgolders’ half-court offense in the first half.


“We knew it was a pretty good look for East,” Masterson said. “The kids bought into it and we tried to mix in some man, but that’s tough to do with the matchup issues.”


And when the Purgolders were able to run the floor, Parker ran into problems.


“I was real proud of our guys—they didn’t let up all game—and obviously, East is one of the best teams in the state,” Masterson said of the Purgolders, who tied Sun Prairie for the Big Eight lead. “We played with them toe-to-toe for long stretches tonight. We just had the same kind of matchup problems that anyone’s going to struggle with.”


Mason scored the next four points as East answered with a 7-0 run. A flurry of fouls and free throws comprised the remainder of the game.


Nimrod Hilliard IV scored 18 points for East. Teubert finished with 11 points and was proud of his Vikings’ resilience.


“We never got too out of it, and we were right there until the end of the second half,” Teubert said. “After the West game, our top priority was taking care of the ball. That’s the name of the game.”


EAST 67, PARKER 54


East (67)—Bentley Jr., 2-0-5; Hilliard, 5-8-18; Adams, 0-2-2; McAdams, 3-1-8; Mason, 12-7-31; Hull, 2-0-4. Totals: 12-18-67.


Parker (54)—Husen, 3-0-6; Simonson, 3-2-8; Thompson, 3-1-9; Bouska, 1-0-2, Teubert, 4-3-11; Cahill, 0-1-1; Knutson, 5-2-15. Totals: 15-9-54.


Madison East 18 15 13 21—67


Janesville Parker 13 11 9 21—54


Three-point goals—Madison East 2 (Bentley, McAdams), Parker 5 (Knutson 3, Thompson 2). Free throws missed—Madison East 8, Parker 7. Total fouls—Madison East 16, Parker 21.


Sophomores—Madison East 60, Parker 55. Parker leading scorers: Andrew Somerville, 22; Decker Thompson, 19.



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