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.

β€œI thought the guys played well,” said coach Austen Hurley. β€œAt 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.

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