Erik Durham’s 44-point performance helped fuel Parkview’s 83-62 victory over the visiting West Plains Zizzers Tuesday night.
Durham broke the Parkview boys’ single-game scoring record as the Vikings improved to 15-2 on the season. The Zizzers’ record moved to 7-5.
The Vikings struck early, capitalizing on five West Plains turnovers to build a 17-5 lead by the end of the first quarter. Parkview senior A.J. Green’s breakaway dunk with 2:00 minutes left in the quarter and Durham’s buzzer-beating shot helped bring the hometown crowd to their feet.
The Zizzers were able to outscore the Vikings 15-13 in the second quarter, capitalizing on Parkview’s foul trouble to end the half trailing by a manageable 30-20.
But Parkview came out firing in the second half, led by Durham’s 23-point third quarter. After the game, Parkview head coach Bill Brown praised Durham’s record breaking performance.
“Erik was phenomenal tonight,” said Brown, “Offensively we have really started to click and get some of the younger players involved, which gives Erik some support.”
Senior Nathan Reichert led the Vikings with 9 rebounds while Green led the team with 3 steals. West Plains seniors Cole Butler and Seth Pingleton led the Zizzers with 11 points apiece.
Durham broke the previous record of 42 points. The record was set by Greg Cavener in 1980 and later matched by Matt Miller in 1996.
“It feels great,” said Durham. He added that he approached the game no different than any other game. “There was no difference; I just try to keep scoring.
“We’ve been working really hard in practice and we just came out with our practice mentality.”