Parkview pre­vails

LIT­TLE ROCK PARKVIEW 68, LIT­TLE ROCK McCLEL­LAN 57

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - Sports - TIM COOPER

Allen Flanigan scored 28 points for Lit­tle Rock Parkview in Fri­day’s Jammin’ for Jack­ets semi­fi­nal vic­tory over Lit­tle Rock McClel­lan, but the 6-4 se­nior was not on the floor for Parkview’s game-de­cid­ing run, dur­ing which the Patriots turned a six-point deficit into a five-point half­time ad­van­tage on their way to a 68-57 vic­tory.

Allen Flanigan scored 28 points in Fri­day’s Jammin’ for Jack­ets semi­fi­nal vic­tory over Lit­tle Rock McClel­lan, but the 6-4 se­nior was not on the floor for Lit­tle Rock Parkview’s game-de­cid­ing run.

Sad­dled with two fouls mid­way through the first half, Flanigan was on the bench as the Patriots turned a six-point deficit into a five-point half­time ad­van­tage on their way to a 68-57 vic­tory over the Lions.

Parkview Coach Al Flanigan said he was not about to al­low his grand­son and Auburn signee to pick up a third foul be­fore the sec­ond half.

“We’re not the same with him on the bench,” Flanigan said. “But you know I didn’t want him to pick up that third. You know I’m hard-headed about that. I was tempted to put him back in there, but it worked out. The other guys stepped up.”

Namely se­nior post player Airion Sim­mons, who fin­ished with 19 points, 11 re­bounds and 4 as­sists. Sim­mons had 11 points and eight re­bounds in the first half.

“[Sim­mons] played lousy last night [against Epis­co­pal Col­le­giate] and came back,” Coach Flanigan said. “That’s what we want from him.”

Parkview (6-1) will play Mills in to­day’s 5:30 p.m. cham­pi­onship game.

McClel­lan (3-1) led 26-20 with 5:30 re­main­ing in the first half, but the Lions’ shoot­ing turned sour. The Lions hit 3 of their first 8 three-point at­tempts, but missed their fi­nal 6 of the first half.

“We were try­ing to get out of the first half with a cou­ple of guys in foul trou­ble,” McClel­lan Coach Chris Threatt said. “We have to make those shots. We missed three or four open shots. We missed the front end of a one-an­done. At that point I just wanted to stop the bleed­ing and get out of the first half.”

Parkview led 33-28 at the half, and with Allen Flanigan back in the mix in the sec­ond half the Patriots turned the game into a rout.

“When we were up, it al­lowed us to pres­sure them with Flanigan out,” Threatt said. “But you have to score to get them into your pres­sure. When you don’t score, you don’t get the tempo you want.”

“I used a few choice words with them,” Coach Flanigan said. “We were just go­ing through the mo­tions there for a while. They were shoot­ing all those treys and we weren’t con­test­ing any of them. Once we started that, we picked it up on the de­fen­sive end.”

Flanigan scored the first four points of the sec­ond half in which he had 15. He fin­ished the game with 28 points, 10 re­bounds, 2 steals and a blocked shot.

Junior Ryan Gor­dan added 10 points for Parkview.

Se­nior guard Demetri­ous Tor­rence led McClel­lan with 14 points while se­nior Malek Robinson added 11, se­nior James Ni­chols and Ian Robinson 10 each. Ni­chols grabbed a team-high five re­bounds.

McClel­lan was 9 of 21 shoot­ing in the first half and 18 of 39 over­all. Parkview was 27 of 46 from the floor and out­re­bounded McClel­lan 3119.

LIT­TLE ROCK CEN­TRAL 74, BAP­TIST PREP 65

A.J. Wil­liams and Jeremiah Jones both scored 13 points to lead a bal­anced scor­ing at­tack for the Tigers (5-1) in a vic­tory over the Ea­gles (7-2).

The con­so­la­tion-round pair­ing fea­tured Kansas signee Is­sac McBride fac­ing off against his for­mer coach Brian Ross, who had coached the Ea­gles to three con­sec­u­tive state ti­tles.

McBride con­nected on seven three-point­ers and fin­ished with 30 points. Brooks Spoon added 13 points and grabbed eight re­bounds.

Cen­tral had five play­ers score 10 or more points. K.D. Ar­nett and Ray McIn­tosh each added 12 and De’jaun Brewer scored 10 points while grab­bing 11 re­bounds. Ar­nett led the Tigers with five as­sists.

LIT­TLE ROCK FAIR 46, EPIS­CO­PAL COL­LE­GIATE 38

The War Ea­gles (2-2) scored 9 of the game’s fi­nal 10 points to de­feat the Wild­cats (3-7) in a con­so­la­tion game.

Se­nior guard Er­lon Boose hit a three-pointer with 2:11 re­main­ing to break a 37-37 tie. Boose and se­nior Ja­cori Cran­ford each scored 13 points to lead Fair.

Se­nior Gra­ham Gor­dan led Epis­co­pal with 15 points, which in­cluded four three-point­ers. Junior Che Smith added 14 points. Junior Chris Smith led the Wild­cats in re­bound­ing with six.

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