Eagles top Baker in 7-3A nail-biter
“The team that makes the last run usually wins, and we were able to do that in overtime.” BRANDON WHITE, Parkview coach
Reed Vial sank seven free throws in overtime lifting Parkview Baptist to a 63-57 win over District 7-3A rival Baker on Tuesday night.
Parkview’s Connor Krone sent the game to overtime when his free throw tied the score 52-52 with 19 seconds left in regulation.
Krone and Anthony Stove each hit baseline jumpers for Parkview to open the four-minute overtime. Vial made 5-of-6 free throws to put Parkview up 61-54 with 14 seconds left.
Baker’s Demetrius Fitzpatrick made a long 3-pointer before Vial put the game away with two final free throws.
“The team that makes the last run usually wins, and we were able to do that in overtime,” Parkview assistant coach Brandon White said.
White filled in for head coach Don Green in both the boys and girls games. The Baker girls rallied to a 37-35 win.
The Parkview boys (8-7, 1-0) were led by Vial’s 21 points. Also coming up big for the Eagles was 6-foot-8 center James Thompson, who had 18 points and 20 rebounds.
Fitzpatrick topped Baker (14-6, 0-1) with 23 points, and sank three 3-pointers. William Elzy also made a trio of 3-pointers, and scored all 13 of his points in the second half.
Parkview had a red-hot shooting touch in the first half when it made 15 of 22 from the floor (68 percent). The Eagles rallied from an early 10-6 deficit, and controlled the action in the second quarter.
Parkview led by nine points three times in the second, but was hampered by turnovers. Vial’s hanging jumper at the buzzer gave Parkview a 34-26 lead at the break.
“I knew (the shooting) wouldn’t continue, so I told the guys to stay strong on defense,” White said.
“Whatever we couldn’t get on offense we’d make up on the defensive end.”
Baker fought back to tie the score twice in the third quarter, and trailed 45-43 entering the fourth quarter.
Matthew Starkey’s steal and layup put Parkview on top 51-47 with two minutes left, but Baker responded with five straight points. Elzy hit a 3-pointer from the right wing, and Esi’ais Carter added a steal and layup for a 52-51 Baker lead with 1:03 left.
“Our district has six teams ranked in the top 20, so every game is going to be a dog fight like this,” Baker coach Raeshawn Williams said.
“We should have taken better care of the ball at the end, but it was the first game in district. It was a good competitive game, and we know we’ve got to get ready.”
Baker 37, Parkview baptist 35 (GIRLS): Parkview (10-7) used a 13-1 first-half run to take control in the early going.
The Eagles’ Elise Ribera started the run with a baseline shot, and capped it with three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt. By that time, Parkview led 17-10 midway through the second.
Baker (15-6) fought back as Eugenea James scored 16 of her game-high 21 points in the second half.
Baker forced four second-half ties, and finally took the lead for good at 33-32 on a pair of free throws by James with 1:51 left.
Parkview’s Lexie Dantel hit a jumper with six seconds left, but James added another free throw with one second left to provide the final margin.
Skyler Goodwin led Parkview with 10 points.
“I thought we played hard tonight,” Baker coach Charles Mullins said. “It was a big win for us. “We couldn’t afford to drop one here tonight.”