Shane Merrill | Writer
Fresh off back-to-back wins, the Parker boys basketball team was back in action last week facing off against Sully Buttes at the annual Parkston Classic.
The Pheasants got off to a slow start, but overcame a first quarter deficit to run away with a 59-34 win.
Things were sloppy in the first quarter, as the Pheasants tried to find their rhythm after a week with no games. The Pheasants were held to just eight points, but kept the Chargers in single digits as well, trailing 9-8 after the first.
Parker finally put their foot on the gas in the second quarter, attacking the paint and hitting from outside thanks in part to the scoring of Carter Robterson, Davin Fuller and Cole Jurgens. The Pheasants raced ahead and were leading 33-20 at the half.
Parker kept the hot streak going in the third, as Jurgens knocked down seven straight points to help push the Pheasant lead to 20 with Parker never looking back going on to take the win 59-34.
Robertson led all scorers with 17 points while Jurgens had 13 and Fuller 10. Parker shot 46 percent for the game while holding the Chargers to just 28. The Pheasants were also 72 percent from the charity stripe while forcing Sully Buttes into 22 turnovers.
“We were much more physical and attacked them inside,” said coach Lance Friesen. “Our defensive intensity was a difference maker in the second quarter. We defended, took care of the ball and rebounded well.”
The Pheasants will now enter a five game stretch starting Saturday, facing Beresford before hosting Bon Homme Tuesday and entering the Big East Conference tournament on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Parker enters the tournament as a fourth seeding, hosting Garretson on Thursday.
Parker clips Beresford
It wasn’t a pretty win, but the Parker boys basketball team got the job done last Saturday night when they took on Beresford in a conference match-up. The Pheasants led throughout and saved the drama for the final minutes, squeaking out a 48-42 win.
Parker jumped out to a quick lead thanks to buckets from Carter Robertson and Cole Jurgens, but the Watchdogs would never fade away. Beresford finally gained momentum late in the fourth quarter, knocking in several three pointers and overtaking the Pheasant lead. Beresford led late in the game, 42-41 before a Cole Jurgens lay up and foul pushed the score back in Parkers favor 44-42.
The Watchdogs then drove the length of the floor where a pass was picked off by Landri Holzarth who was fouled, sending him to the line with 20 seconds left. Holzwarth knocked in both shots on the one and one pushing the lead to four. As Beresford worked to set up a play Colby Olson intercepted a pass and was fouled, knocking down both free throws and icing the game for a 48-42 victory.
Robertson led the effort with 20 points and eight rebounds while Cole Jurgens had nine points, Davin Fuller eight and Holzwarth seven. Fuller also pulled in nine rebounds. Parker shot a dismal 36 percent for the game, but held the Watchdogs to 28 percent. Free throws saved Parker, as they hit eight of nine from the stripe.
“They are a quick and physical team, their zone was active and at times we rushed when attacking it. Overall, we need to take care of the ball better to keep growing as a team,” said head coach Lance Friesen.
Up next a busy week continued facing Bon Homme and then the Big East Conference tournament.