On the night Parkview honored its state tournament teams from the 1960s, Parkview routed crosstown rival Glendale 72-54 in Friday night’s Ozark Conference matchup.
“I thought we played pretty error free for most of the game,” said Parkview coach Bill Brown. “Got a lot of players in where Erik Durham can lead a bunch of young, talented players.”
After the Junior Varsity game, each team came out, before warming up for their own game, sat on the bench and watched the pre-game festivities.
The pre-game included Parkview honoring their state tournament teams. Parkview paid tribute to their mid-1960’s team, which coined the nickname “Jolly Green Giants.” During those years, 1964-1966, Parkview posted an 81-4 record.
“I just thought it was a great night, overall, for Parkview basketball,” said Brown. “Bringing back all the players and the teams, it was just a fun night.”
Along with the teams, they brought back the “Parkview Lassies,” the all-girl drum-line, which has been absent at Parkview for 18 years.
After all the festivities, there was a game to be played. And Parkview Senior Erik Durham couldn’t wait to get on the court.
“I really enjoyed how we played and represented Parkview in front of this crowd tonight,” said Durham. “Playing in front of the guys we look up to, really, and we just wanted to play like they played.”
Durham led all scorers with 35 points, scoring Parkview’s first 12 points of the game.
“Erik does a great job,” said Brown. “He’s very unselfish, plays within the system as well as do so many things for us, pass, shoot, or dribble and he just stays so humble about it.”
Durham got help from fellow senior Nathan Reichart, who scored 12 points. Sophomore point guard Autry Acord chipped in 10 points.
“I love these guys to death,” said Durham. “There isn’t a moment where I don’t trust these guys to make the shot or make any play.”
Parkview put on a show for the fans who packed the house Friday night. The Vikings never trailed in the game that was decided early, who held a 19-point advantage at halftime.
“I think it was a great night for us,” said Brown. “On the road, we play in these types of atmospheres and get nervous whereas tonight, we really played a strong game of basketball.”
Glendale played Friday night’s game without their head coach, Sean Williamson, who came down with the flu. Assistant Coach Aaron Griffin stepped in to coach the Falcons.
Glendale was led by Junior Cameron Maes, who scored 23 points. No other player scored in double figures for the Falcons.
With the loss, Glendale falls to 9-13. The Falcons have two games remaining; both will be on the road against conference opponents. Glendale travels to Joplin on Tuesday.