Baltic rallies past Parker boys

Davin Fuller goes up for two during last week’s game against the Huskies.(Photo/Shane Merrill)

By Shane Merrill | Writer

The Parker boys basketball team, fresh off a win against MCM visited conference foe Baltic last Tuesday night to face off against the Bulldogs. Parker pulled ahead early, but the long range accuracy of the Bulldogs proved to be too much, as the Pheasants fell in the contest 67-62.

Parker was able to grab momentum early, thanks in large part to the inside play of Davin Fuller and Cole Jurgens. The Pheasants jumped ahead by as many as eight in the early going, but Baltic cut it to five, 22-17 to end the first. 

The Bulldogs then went on a tear in the second quarter as three pointers dropped like candy, quickly turning a five point Pheasant lead into a six-point deficit. Baltic managed to nab a 39-29 lead at the break.

Into the second half the Pheasants tried to make adjustments, but the three pointers continued to fall for the host team, who built a 16-point lead early in the quarter and were still up 12 after three.

Parker went to work in the final quarter, forcing steal after steal and managing to claw their way back into the game, down four with two minutes to go. Jaivyn DeBoer got the rally started for Parker hitting back-to-back threes, while Carter Robertson had two layups helping spark the Pheasants. The Bulldogs would not be denied however on the night, going on to take the win 67-62 and improving to 2-1 on the season while Parker fell to 1-1.

Leading Parker was Robertson with 17 while Fuller had 14, Jurgens 13 and DeBoer 10. Fuller also grabbed three rebounds. Parker hit at a solid clip on the night, going 50 percent from the floor, however the Bulldogs hit 56 percent of their shots including 15 three pointers. The Pheasants also forced Baltic into 19 turnovers, but it wasn’t enough to secure the win.

“Baltic played very physical and aggressive. They shot really well and played a sharp game,” commented Parker coach Lance Friesen. “We need to keep improving daily so we can beat teams when they are playing their best.”

Up next the Pheasants faced Elk Point-Jefferson.

Robertson nets 34 as Pheasants top EPJ

The Parker boys’ basketball team welcomed Elk Point Jefferson to town last Thursday night for their first non-conference basketball matchup this season. The Pheasants hit from nearly anywhere on the floor, led by junior guard Carter Robertson who posted his first 30-plus game of his career. 

Both teams duked it out in the first quarter, looking for any momentum they could find. EPJ knocked in the first shots, jumping ahead by six, but the Pheasants came storming back knotting things at 11 after one.

Parker really came alive in the second quarter, outscoring the visitors by 11 as Robertson, Fuller and Jurgens went to work. The trio would not be denied as they built a 36-25 halftime lead.

The third quarter was another back and forth frame, but once again the Pheasants handled the pressure still up nine at the buzzer.

In the final quarter Parker continued to build their lead, as Robertson hit four three-pointers to help push the Pheasants to a 13 point lead. The subs were brought in for the final minute, with Parker going on to get the win 77-70.

Leading the Pheasants was Robertson with 34 points and three rebounds, going 5 of 6 from long range. Fuller also had 15 points while Jurgens had 11 points and six rebounds.

Parker shot 61 percent from the field while hitting 66 percent from the charity stripe. The Huskies were held to just 42 percent from the field and had 21 turnovers. 

“We played with far greater intensity against EPJ,” said coach Friesen after the win. “They are an athletic team that pressures the ball and they are really physical. After the first four minutes I was happy with the way we took care of the ball and rebounded. Those two things will be key for us all year long. Offensively, the ball had energy in it as we moved it well and attacked open space with good vision.”

Up next the Pheasants, now 2-1 traveled to Parkston on Tuesday.

Pheasants edge Parkston

It wasn’t their best game of the season, but the Parker boys basketball team found a way to come away with a victory last Tuesday night. The Pheasants traveled to Parkston for the annual matchup and slipped out of town with a 61-57 win.

The Trojans managed to control the tempo for most of the first three quarters. Parkston hit back to back threes to get their offense going, propelling them to a quick six point lead and holding on for a 14-13 lead after one. 

The second wasn’t much better for the Pheasants, as Parkston once again went on a tear and pulled ahead 33-26 at the half.

Parker finally got in a rhythm in the second half cranking up their defense and hitting desperately needed shots. Senior Colby Olson helped the Pheasants claw back in the game, hitting back to back shots and helping Parker within 44-41 after three. 

Carter Robertson and Davin Fuller managed several key shots down the stretch, with Robertson knocking down a corner three for the go-ahead bucket with 2:00 minutes to play. The Pheasants never looked back from there, holding on for a 61-57 victory. 

Leading Parker was Robertson with 19 points while Fuller had 15 and Olson 10. Landri Holzwarth also had seven points while Fuller led the rebounding effort with 12. Parker shot just 45 percent from the field and was 64 percent from the free throw line. Turnovers were also a problem, as the Pheasants committed 15 to 12 for the Trojans. The Pheasants did hold Parkston to just 35 percent shooting from the field.

“They came out really sharp and were very physical. We seemed a step slow and weren’t physical to start,” commented head coach Lance Friesen. “We showed a lot of grit by battling back in the second half. We didn’t shoot well and we learned we need to be more physical against a zone to create post opportunities, driving gaps and flashing opportunities.”

Parker entered the winter break with a 3-1 mark, and will travel back to Parkston on Monday for the annual Parkston Classic.

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