Springfield, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com) -- After being ahead by as many as 11 points in the second half, the Glendale Falcons withstood a furious charge down the stretch by Parkview to squeak out a 46-44 win at home on Friday night.
The Vikings looked like they were just about ready to call it a night when the skies seemed to open up late in the third period. A myriad of clutch baskets by Parkview’s Zach Cameron-Chodes and a little help from his supporting cast gave the Vikings a momentary 42-41 advantage on the scoreboard with under a minute remaining in the game.
But Glendale turned to a seasoned veteran at the high school level to bring them back from the brink of a collapse -- Cameron Maes.
“I think we’re definitely figuring out what we need to get done, and, when the games get close, how to persevere and come out on top,” Maes said after the game.
Maes, who would proceed to tally a game-high 23 points in the tough victory, had the hot hand working early -- scoring nine points in the midst of a 14-5 Glendale run that flowed from the latter part of the first quarter to the early moments of the second.
The lead remained fairly comfortable for most of the third quarter after the Falcons carried a 21-15 halftime lead into the locker room, but that’s when Zach Cameron-Chodes started to take over -- becoming responsible for nine-straight Parkview points to eventually make the score a 38-38 deadlock with under three minutes to go.
“I was just making my shots,” Cameron-Chodes said. “It’s not about me brining the team back -- it’s about me helping the team in general and trying to help everybody overall get back into the game.”
The junior forward certainly succeed in assisting his team -- scoring 16 of his 20 total points in the second-half. In the end, however, the mountain was just a little bit to steep.
“We kind of fell apart in the last minute or so,” said Cameron-Chodes. “As a team, we stayed in this game and never gave up.”
With the game still hanging in the balance and Parkview holding the slimmest of leads at 42-41, Maes gave Glendale their biggest momentum-turner of the night -- sinking a layup with a foul to boot at the 36-second mark in the fourth. Maes would add the free-throw, and give his squad a lead they would never relinquish.
“[The defender] was jumping the whole game so I knew he was going to try to block the shot no matter what," Maes said regarding his basket." I just gave him a shot fake and he jumped, and I just tried to shoot it over and knew I was going to draw the foul.”
The Vikings would have one last chance down by two and with 2.6 seconds remaining when Connor Ratcliff intentionally missed a free-throw attempt in hopes of an offensive rebound, but the Falcons boxed-out perfectly and secured the basketball for a fifth-straight victory.
The win also further validated the efforts of the impressive Glendale defense of late.
”Five games in a row we have held people into the 40‘s or 50‘s (points),” said Glendale head coach Brian McTague. ”The kids are buying into it and understanding that this is how we have to guard if we‘re going to win games.”
Both teams next play on Tuesday -- Glendale hosts the Joplin Eagles while Parkview comes home to try and tame the tough Waynesville Tigers.
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