Springfield, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com) -- Three Parkview seniors ended their regular season home careers Tuesday night with a 93-69 win over a young squad from Central.
The Vikings began the game with a 9-2 run with senior Erik Durham draining a 3-pointer to start off the night on the way to an 18-6 Parkview lead as the Bulldogs began their foul troubles early in the game’s early minutes.
“In my opinion, I just didn’t think it was going right both ways,” said Central coach Armando Johnson of the game’s officiating, “I thought our kids were aggressive as we were in any other game, but some nights when the call a game tight the things they see one team sometimes they don’t feel that the other team’s doing the same game.”
“I wasn’t happy with myself –I didn’t intend to draw a call,” Johnson said of the technical foul he felt was assessed to him around 5:13 remaining in the first quarter were the Bulldogs would later be assessed two more technical fouls in the second half.
Durham led the Vikings with 32 points, shooting 8 of 11 from the field and was 11 of 14 from the free-throw line with senior post Nathan Reichart going to work inside the paint for 12 first-half points.
“It doesn’t really bother me –free throws are easy shots and if they want me to shoot from there I’ll do it,” said Durham.
The second half began with a furious “blink and you’ll miss it” pace with the cross-town rivals answering scoring twice in a minute’s time which led to Central’s best scoring quarter from the field, sinking seven of eight baskets.
“I made a mistake in telling our post to make a ball screen and when we did that Central jump-switched their offense and got a steal and a dunk,” said Parkview’s coach Bill Brown of the scoring run, with Central’s coach Johnson attributing the faster stretch of play to his Bulldog’s attempt to take advantage of a tightly-called ballgame.
“Our seniors stepped up and did nice job,” Coach Brown said of his eldest players’ performance, adding “I was little disappointed for AJ [Green] who got into a little foul trouble but Nathan and Erik did a great job.”
With the win, Parkview ends the regular season with a 21-5 record and will face either Central or Neosho in its district semifinals at home next Tuesday night.
Box Score Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Central 6 18 20 25
Parkview 18 24 22 29
Central: D’Angelo Bedell 12, Steven Jones 11, Tavion Neal 10, Quatrevious Robinson 10, Bradley Hardin 6, Ryan Deckard 5, Jordan Johnson 5, Jake Cartwright 4, Brendan Looney 4, Isaiah Holyfield 2.
Parkview: E. Durham 32, Autry Accord 20, N. Reichart 18, AJ Green 7, Anthony Gilliard 4, Connor Ratliff 4, Derrick Robberson 2.
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