Shane Merrill | Sports
After watching an exciting girls game last Tuesday night, the Parker boys team was next to take the floor and came away with another big conference win, 66-53. Carter Robertson opened the game with a three straight away, and on their next drive Ray Travnicek hit a layup, pushing an early lead to 5-0. After the Bulldogs scored their first bucket it was back to work for Parker as the Pheasants kept their foot on the gas, going up eight and eventually 10, forcing a Baltic timeout. The scoring continued, with Landri Holzwarth and Davin Fuller also getting in on the fun, pushing the lead to 21-11 after one.
Both teams traded jabs in the second quarter, but Parker was able to maintain the advantage, going up by as many as 15, and leading 40-28 at the half.
The Bulldogs went on a small run to open the third, pulling within eight, but the Pheasants throttled ahead for good, with Jaivyn Deboer sparking the run, going up 58-38 after three and holding on for a 66-53 victory.
Leading Parker was Robertson with 27 points while Deboer had 12 and Davin Fuller 10. Robertson also grabbed seven rebounds.
“I thought the guys played well,” said coach Austen Hurley. “At practice on Monday, we talked about being more aggressive defensively and making Baltic uncomfortable. Our guys did that at the beginning of the game, and it helped us get a quick lead and get the momentum on our side. What I was really impressed with was how our bench guys stepped up when some of our starters were in foul trouble. We played a small line up and they were able to match the intensity of the starters. This allowed us to extend our lead and get the first win of the season. I am very proud of this team.”
Parker next faced Elk Point-Jefferson.