1st ROUND 2018 STATE BB TOURNMENT GAME PARSONS 72 ANDERSON COUNTY BULLDOGS 68 TIP OFF AT THE 24 MIN. MARK
Parsons staves off wild comeback for first state win since 1996
Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2018 11:18 pm
Sean Frye | firstname.lastname@example.org
EMPORIA — In the final quarter, Parsons surrendered a 12-point lead to Anderson County before eventually winning its first state tournament game in 22 years.
Behind 21 points from DaQuan Johnson and another 14 from Dariq Williams, the Vikings beat the Bulldogs 72-68 in the first round of the KSHSAA 4A-II State Tournament.
The win for Parsons was the first at the state tournament since 1996.
“I’m excited for the win. We’ve been saying all year long that we just want to bring happiness to our community," Parsons head coach Anthony Houk said.
In addition to Johnson's 21 points, he added eight rebounds and five steals to his tally. But his focus after the game was some missed free throws and turnovers that allowed the Bulldogs to finish off a comeback.
“I’m hurting,” Johnson said. “I missed a couple of free throws and had some turnovers that let them back in the game. But we finished the fight.”
“That’s just the leader that Daquan is,” Houk added. “He doesn’t make excuses. He calls his teammates out and himself out. That’s part of leadership, is owning your mistakes.”
Both teams struggled to shoot from the outside — the Bulldogs were just 24 percent (5-of-21) from 3-point range while Parsons was 21 percent (4-of-19).
“We needed to hunt the paint and go at them,” Houk said. “We felt like at halftime that we were taking a few too many threes.”
The Vikings had four double-digit scorers in total with Davonte Yates and Joel Schibi adding 10 and nine points, respectively.
Despite leading by double digits going into the fourth quarter, it took a late rally for the Vikings to advance to Friday's semifinals.
Kass Allnut led the Bulldogs with 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field.
“Anderson County can shoot it and they got hot,” Houk said. “They were a tough opponent that stuck to their style of play. But our guys handled adversity well.”
While Parsons won the rebounding battle (40-30), the turnover margin (13-10) and the steal count (9-4), Anderson County ultimately shot better from the field as they were 48 percent to Parsons' 43.
“One of the biggest difference-makers in a game ultimately comes down to field goal percentage,” Houk said. “If the ball goes through more on either end...that’s what it’s about.”
Parsons returns to White Auditorium on Friday night as they play defending 4A-II state champion Holcomb, which is the top seed this year.
“Going into Holcomb, we’ll have to outrebound that team,” Houk said. “We’ll have to take care of the ball. We’re so excited to not only be moving on to Friday night, but we’re so excited to be able to take on the defending champs.”
Parsons 72, Anderson County 68
PS: 16 18 22 16 — 72
AC: 18 14 14 22 — 68
Parsons: Dariq Williams 6 2-2 14, DaQuan Johnson 6 9-13 21, Zeke Lyons 1 0-0 3, Davonte Yates 5 1-2 11, Joel Schibi 4 0-1 10, Patrick Loadholtz 4 0-0 9, Luke Wolgamott 2 0-0 4
Anderson County: Kass Allnut 8 3-5 19, Justin Rockers 4 0-0 11, Carson Powelson 6 1-2 14, Damone Kueser 2 0-0 4, John Rundle 3 0-0 6, Garrett Edens 3 1-1 7, Tanner Spencer 2 0-0 5, AUstin Peine 0 2-2 2
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