Defense catalyst in Glen Oaks win

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Glen Oaks began slowly Tuesday night but turned to its defense, rallying for a 60-52 District 7-4A win over Parkview Baptist at Glen Oaks.

The Panthers (18-11, 7-1) trailed 13-2 and then came back to take a one-point halftime lead. Glen Oaks led by as many nine points in the second half before capping Senior Night with the eight-point win.

“I was really happy for our seniors tonight,” Glen Oaks coach Harvey Adger said of Chris Thomas, Jalen Variste, Godfrey Wheeler and Devin Womack. “To see them finish their senior night on a good note was wonderful.”

Chris Dancey led Glen Oaks with 18 points, and was followed by the four seniors: Thomas (13 points), Variste (11), Wheeler (10) and Womack (8).

James Thompson topped Parkview (15-13, 4-4) with 14, and Will Jones and Reed Vial each finished with eight.

Parkview built a 13-2 first-quarter lead lead behind the inside play of Thompson, who scored eight points in the quarter. Glen Oaks made just 1-of-4 field goal attempts and had four turnovers with three minutes left in the quarter.

Adger elected not to call a timeout, instead, allowing his team the opportunity to play its way back into the game. The Panthers did just that as they closed the quarter with a 14-2 run to grab a 16-15 lead after one quarter.

Wheeler started the run with a 3-pointer from the left corner before Dancey added another from the top of the key.

Trailing 15-10, Glen Oaks forced turnovers on four straight Parkview possessions. The Panthers turned the chances into two inside baskets from Thomas, and a runner by Dancey to give Glen Oaks its first lead.

“I felt we needed to contain (Thompson) and make sure Will Jones didn’t go off tonight,” Adger said. “I thought we did that in the second, third and fourth quarters, where we buckled down a little bit (defensively).

“And, we started attacking the basket offensively. We were relying on jump shots, and it wasn’t working.”

The second quarter featured six lead changes and one tie as the teams battled back and forth. Parkview made 5 of 8 from the floor while Glen Oaks was 4 for 11, but Dancey hit another runner as the clock ran down giving the Panthers a 26-25 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Parkview’s Connor Krone had an assist and a putback basket to help the Eagles take a 31-27 lead. But, Thompson picked up his third foul, and briefly went to the bench.

Meanwhile, Glen Oaks rallied to take the lead for good. Variste’s steal and basket was followed by a second-chance basket from Dancey. Dancey banked in a jumper from the left wing, and Variste hit two free throws for a 36-31 Glen Oaks lead.

Glen Oaks largest lead was 48-39 early in the fourth quarter. Parkview got as close as 54-50 with 1:13 to play, but Womack scored four points in the final minute to help put away the Eagles.

“I’m so happy the kids never gave up, and continued to play hard,” Adger said. “It was wonderful to finish 7-1 (in district) instead of 6-2. Especially with the parents here, and being able to finish in your own gym on senior night.”

The game was much different than the team’s first meeting, a 62-33 Glen Oaks win at Parkview on Jan. 25. The Panthers made 13 of 15 free throws in that game, but hit 13 of 26 in Tuesday’s rematch.