Even though the win just meant the Panthers advanced to the championship of the Bossier tournament against Captain Shreve, Parkway coach Mike Guess didn’t downplay the importance of Saturday morning’s 73-61 win over an Orr Academy (Chicago) team that demolished the Panthers one year ago.
Parkway trailed by one point with 2:25 left, but the Panthers ended the game on an 18-5 run.
“This means a lot. Last year we played these guys, and they beat us down pretty good,” Guess said. “This is a different (Orr) team than last year, but it’s a great win for our team.
“We’re getting (a lot of contributions) every game from Nikki, Keondre, Juwon, Artavious, Gabe, Trey, (William McKnight) — a whole lot of guys contribute every game.”
Gabe DeCuir (seven points) and Juwon Johnson (11 points) didn’t lead Parkway in scoring, but their fourth-quarter contributions might have been the biggest.
Johnson completed two three-point plays in the final 2:25, and DeCuir’s four-point play with about 1:45 to go handed Parkway a 62-56 lead and allowed for further separation.
Parkway’s Artavious Lynn and Niki Edwards each scored a team-high 16.
Orr’s big three of Levonte Sutton (22 points), Darryl Curry (15 points) and Jeamell Dotson (10 points) scored 47 of the Spartans 61 points.
Captain Shreve 62, BTW 61
The Lions had a chance down three points with nine seconds remaining, but Marvontae Alexander decided to drive for a layup, and the clock ran out before the Gators had to inbound.
This semifinal had a little of everything with Captain Shreve leading most of the first half and BTW most of the second half, but the Gators went on a mini 6-2 run to lead 60-56 with 1:50 left and hung on for the win.
Toronco Loston scored four of his game-high 21 points during that run, but BTW’s LaCarrdo Pennington (15 points) drilled a 3-pointer to keep the Lions within reach 60-59.
A pair of Tyrone Earls free throws gave Shreve a 62-59 lead before Alexander’s bucket on the last possession. Earls scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half, and the Gators made 14-of-16 from the free-throw line.
“I think these two teams are about as even as they come, and I think (BTW coach Donnita Rogers) is doing an outstanding job there,” said Captain Shreve coach Todd Martinez. “We were (together) by the end of this game, even though we (started to separate a little) when BTW made their runs.
“But I thought this game was great in preparing us for district.”
BTW’s Marvontae Alexander scored 19 points to lead the Lions. The Lions will play Chicago Orr at 6:30 p.m. in the third-place game.
Southwood 64, Huntington 61
The Cowboys get a win in the loser’s portion with Terion Bell (18 points) and Daterrius Hubbard (14 points) leading the way.
Southwood pulled away with a 7-0 run (five Bell points) to lead 53-47 with about five minutes left, and Huntington never came closer than one point.
Huntington’s Aaron Roberson scored a game-high 19 points, including a three-point play that pulled Huntington within 56-55. Gabriel Gilliam added 11 points.
Another Roberson bucket got the Raiders to 58-57, but Hubbard scored four points in the last 1:20 to help the Cowboys hang on.
“As bad as we played (Friday night in a ), we gave that one away. “To come out (Saturday) and fight through not wanting to be here and get a win was very important.
“Huntington played extremely well, and (coach Mack Jones) has done a great job with how much better that young group since the beginning of the year. We didn’t play Southwood basketball (Friday), and we showed up and played halfway today, but we found a way to win (Saturday).”