Walbrook rolls over Douglass Parker scores 16, lifts Warriors, 72-50

January 30, 1993|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

When Troy Parker was removed from Walbrook's starting lineup earlier this season, he wasn't pleased. Now in the role as the sixth man, he has settled in nicely.

And the Warriors just continue to win.

Third-ranked Walbrook defeated visiting Douglass, 72-50, in a Mary- Boys basketball

land Scholastic Association Gamper Conference 3A-2A Division game.

Parker, a 6-foot-3 junior forward, led the Warriors (14-1, 11-0) with 16 points. Travone Broadway added 13, Andre Rafus 10 and Antwon Jenifer also came off the bench, scoring 10 to help the Warriors overcome a sluggish first half.

"We just keep playing," said Walbrook coach Gus Herrington. "The kids understand that they can't quit, and if they give 100 percent and I give it all that I've got, we will win."

The only blemish on the Warriors' record is a 103-87 loss to Lake Clifton at home in December in the Function in the Junction Mixer. Since then, the Warriors have won 11 straight, despite getting off to poor starts.

It was no different yesterday. In the first 16 minutes, Walbrook had 18 turnovers and hit 10 of 35 field-goal attempts, but still led at halftime, 27-24.

Then Parker provided the spark the Warriors lacked.

After the Ducks tied the game at 27, Parker had a three-point play, which was followed by a jumper in the paint by Antonio Patterson. Jenifer scored the next the five to increase Walbrook's advantage to 42-29 with 2:10 left in the third quarter.

Leading 46-31, Parker's dunk off of a miss by Jenifer was followed by a reverse slam, which put the Warriors ahead 50-31 with 38 seconds left in the quarter.

"Coming off of the bench, I'm able to see the flow of the game," said Parker. "The slow starts are beginning to become a routine with us, but we all know that we have to come out ready to play in the second half."

Tony Murphy and Rodney Gunter each scored 10 to lead Douglass (9-6, 7-5).

The Ducks built a 23-18 advantage midway in the second quarter before Walbrook went on a 9-1 run to take the lead at halftime.

"We were able to execute and play good defense in the first half," said Douglass coach John Nash. "But as you know, you play so long, we're human. We get tired. Basically, that's what happened. We ran out of gas."

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