Despite a couple of dry spells, two bouts with turnovers and going the entire fourth quarter without scoring a field goal, Parkview High School still found a way to remain undefeated on Friday night.
The Vikings, hosts of the three-day, round-robin Parkview Classic, held off Tulsa Central’s late-game charge to win, 50-40.
Parkview (3-0) made 6 of 11 shots from the field in the third quarter to build its largest lead of the game, 40-26, with two minutes left in the third quarter.
“We got up 12 or 14 points and I think we got a little complacent there,” Parkview coach Bill Brown said.
“They put a press on us and we just started tossing the ball to them a little too much.”
In other action on Friday, West Plains beat the Wichita Defenders, 82-73, in the second round.
West Plains will next play the Vikings as the only two remaining teams without a loss, with the winner claiming bragging rights as the tournament champions. The unbeatens will tip off at 3:30 p.m.
“If our kids come and play with some energy, then we’ve got a chance to win,” Brown said.
“West Plains has a much-improved team and they are fundamentally sound.
“We’ve got to not let them outwork us; we’re not very deep, so playing three games in three days is a big deal to us.”
In the fourth quarter against Parkview, Tulsa Central was able to force turnovers, put a lot of shots on the rim and narrow Parkview’s lead to two points (42-40) with 3:03 left in the game.
The Braves (1-2) made just 5 of 17 shots from the field while trying to catch Parkview in the fourth quarter.
In contrast, the Vikings were 0-for-2 from the field with six turnovers in the fourth quarter, but made 10 of 15 free throws to ensure the win.
“Anytime you give a team like that extra possessions, you’re in trouble because their best offense is off of turnovers and off rebounds,” Brown said.
“They’ve got some kids that can make shots, but their primary goal is to put the ball up on the rim and go get it.
“At times we rebounded with them pretty well, and at other times you could tell there was a pretty big difference athletically.”
Parkview started out hot from the floor, making 7 of 11 shots in the first quarter for an early 16-10 lead.
But seven turnovers in the second quarter were a problem, as the Vikings had trouble re-establishing its offensive flow before halftime.
“We were doing well until we got shaky with the ball and gave up some opportunities, but holding them to 40 points was a big deal,” Brown said.
“That made me feel at least when we were making mistakes, we weren’t giving up layups or transition baskets, and I was very pleased with that.”
Senior Erik Durham led Parkview with 22 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field and 9-of-13 shooting from the free-throw line.
Senior AJ Green added 10 points, four rebounds and three blocked shots.