Parkview Dominates In Second Half Against Evansville
By: Brian Burkhart Prep Reporter Twitter: @BrianESPN
Parkview Vikings coaching staff is making a concerted effort to save Christian Hobson’s legs. The senior’s freshness showed in the third quarter on Tuesday night in Parkview’s (3-2) 58-34 Rock Valley Conference crossover win against the Evansville Blue Devils (2-3).
Hobson scored 11 of his game-high 20 points coming out of halftime, and the Vikings cruised to a double digit win moving them up in a tie for first place in the South with Beloit Turner. “This win builds some confidence for this team and our seniors were the difference in this game,” said Vikings Head Coach Boyce Hodge. “We are going to play tough defense tonight and just let the game come to us, we have been rushing things the past few games,” said Hodge before the game.
The Vikings were the only South team to win on the first crossover night of the season. The Blue Devils falling to 2-3 in conference with the lose doesn’t help their cause at all with everyone trying to catch undefeated Edgerton a top the Rock Valley North. “We started playing as a team and swinging the ball around a little more in the second half,” Hobson said. The Vikings led 21-19 after a rough first half that saw both team make a lot of sloppy mistakes handling the ball.
Neither team found a rhythm, and the Vikings turned the ball over seven times due mainly too great defense play by stud Blue Devil freshman Brennan Banks (13 points). Banks made a basket right away out of the halftime break but he was whistled for three quick fouls in the third quarter, and the whole offense groove went away with him on the bench. Without Banks leading the team in the second half the Vikings worked their inside-outside game efficiently.
Hobson had four baskets, including three 3-pointers, in the third quarter. Also 6’6 senior post man Garrett Reinhardt for the Vikings had his way down low in the second half, finishing the night with 18 points. After missing on his first five shots of the game, Hobson made 7 of his final 11 attempts; the Vikings shot 64 percent from the field in the second half.
This is a great group of kids, it is fun getting to coach them everyday,” said Hodge. The Vikings continued to pull away by holding the Blue Devils to only six points in the fourth quarter, coming out with the dominating 58-34 victory. The Vikings look to continue their winning ways as they host Brodhead on Friday and the Blue Devils will host Whitewater.
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