Parkview senior Erik Durham has got to be tired.
Over the first three games of the Greenwood Blue and Gold Tournament, Durham has scored more than half of his team’s points and he rarely leaves the floor.
And it was much of the same on Friday as Durham scored all but 12 of his team’s points in a 47-41 win over Bolivar in the Gold Division semifinals at Hammons Student Center.
“The last couple of games wore us out a little bit, but I think we’re alright,” Durham said.
“I get ice after every game to help me out.”
Durham’s Herculean effort has the Vikings poised for a chance to win a Gold Division title for the first time in 38 years.
“It would be excellent to make history for Parkview,” Durham said. “We want it really bad. We’ve been looking forward to this for a long time.”
Parkview’s last championship was a Gold Division title in 1974 with an 82-69 overtime win over Rogersville.
Parkview last played for a title in 2010 and lost to Nixa, 59-44.
“Tomorrow is a good opportunity for our team to do something Parkview hasn’t done for a very long time,” Parkview coach Bill Brown said. “The last time we won one was in 1974.”
The Vikings (11-0) used a slow, methodical approach on the offensive end, eating time off the clock on each possession before taking a quality shot.
And the shots were falling early as Parkview led 11-2 at the end of the first quarter.
“We knew that’s what they were going to do,” Bolivar coach Robby Hoegh said of Parkview’s deliberate offensive pace. “The frustrating part is when you guard for 45 seconds and then they hit a contested jump shot and that’s how they got that 11-2 lead at the start.
“We finally broke the ice in the second quarter and we were fine the rest of the way.”
Bolivar cut the lead to five points (19-14) at the half, but Parkview came out after halftime rejuvenated and built an 11-point lead (32-21) with one quarter left to play.
“Coach told us to get our minds in the game and not worry about the crowd and just play together,” Durham said.
The Vikings finished the third quarter on a 7-2 run and forced six turnovers in the period and 12 total in the game.
“We had too many turnovers in the third quarter and that was the run that pushed it to 11 points which was a big deal,” Hoegh said.
Bolivar made a late run in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to six points (41-35) with 2:16 left in the game, but ran out of time.
“With two minutes left, it was anybody’s game and we probably should have tried to speed them up earlier,” Hoegh said.
Durham led Parkview with 35 points and junior Darris Perry had a team-high six rebounds.
“Erik is the hub of our wheel; we do a lot around him,” Brown said. “He is sometimes a frustrating player to watch play because he doesn’t show much emotion.
“You watch him and you think he’s not getting anything done but when you look at the stat sheet, he’s got a bunch of rebounds, a bunch of points, tips and steals.”
Junior Chance Rash led Bolivar with 21 points and senior Evan Roberts had a game-high 14 rebounds and two blocks.
“Roberts is a huge asset on the boards and a good defender and he’s a good post presence inside; one of the best in southwest Missouri,” Hoegh said.