Parkway’s Brandon Gibson tries a jumper during the Panthers’ 42-40 loss to Coldwater on Friday night. Parkway had two chances on their final possession while trailing by a bucket, but were unable to convert before time expired. (Times Bulletin/Pat Agler)
By Nick Johnson
Times Bulletin Correspondent
ROCKFORD — The Parkway Panthers welcomed the Coldwater Cavaliers to Rockford on Friday night for Midwest Athletic Conference boys high school basketball action.
The Panthers had the ball with a chance to tie or win the game but a couple good defensive plays by the Cavaliers allowed Coldwater to escape with a 42-40 victory.
“You know again our defensive effort was good. It wasn’t without some missed assignments but overall when you hold a team to 42 you have a good chance to win the game,” noted Parkway head coach Rick Hickman. “And we did (have a good chance to win), our shots just didn’t fall. At some point they will, and when shots fall everyone looks great. When they don’t, everyone looks bad.”
The Panthers got on the scoreboard with a deep three-pointer from Matt Heindel to give Parkway an early 3-0 lead.
The Cavaliers countered with a layup from Derek Thobe and a three-point play from Brody Hoying to make it 5-3, Coldwater.
After a Heindel bucket brought the score to 5-5, Coldwater got baskets from Hoying and Ted Fisher to regain the lead at 9-5. The Panthers rallied with a three-pointer from Austin Adams and two more points from Heindel to end the first period with a 10-9 lead.
Parkway got a quick bucket from Brant Barna to open the second quarter of play, but Coldwater tied it up on the next possession with a Kyle McKibben corner three.
The Panthers got a three-pointer from Tanner Bates to take the lead with the score 15-14, Parkway.
Hoying and Heindel each continued their strong first half as they traded baskets, and their team traded the lead, in the second quarter. The Cavs had the final say in the first half, as Brandon Walter scored just before the break to give Coldwater a 22-21 lead going into half.
Coldwater got the first basket of the third period with a Walter layup, but Parkway countered with a quick basket from Heindel to make the score 24-23.
Coldwater went on a 13-4 run to close out the quarter as Hoying got three points and Fisher connected on a three-pointer to give the Cavs a 36-28 lead after three periods.
The Panthers quickly cut into the Coldwater lead to open the fourth, as Brandon Gibson got an easy layup and Bates drained a three-pointer to make the score 38-35.
The Panthers then fouled Fisher on a three pointer and Fisher was able to connect on two of the three foul shots to stake Coldwater to a 40-35 lead.
Parkway cut the lead to three again with a nice back door cut by Bates but the Cavs got a layup from Thobe to make it 42-37, Coldwater.
A Barna three-point play then made it a one-possession game with little time left on the clock.
After Coldwater missed the front-end of a one-and-one, Parkway got the rebound and got the ball over the time line with ten seconds left and called a timeout.
The Panthers dialed up the alley-oop, but a Coldwater defender got a fingertip on the ball and knocked it out of bounds.
Parkway had one last chance with 4.8 seconds left. The Panthers went for the win with a three-pointer that hit the rim and popped out and two Panther players were unable to get a last second tip in before the final buzzer.
The Cavaliers improved their record to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in the MAC. With the tough loss, Parkway drops to 4-9 on the season and 0-4 in the MAC.
“Rebounding was one of the things we talked about at half time, and most of their points were coming off of penetration or rebounds off of missed shots. So we felt like we did a better job of that in the second half, but at the same time we had some turnovers, and we are letting teams get fingers on the ball. We just need to clean some things up and make some shots and it will be a different game,” finished coach Hickman.
Parkway had two scorers in double figures as Barna posted a game-high 13 points and Heindel chipped in with 11. Coldwater was led by Hoying and Thobe, both of whom had 10 points on the night.
Score by quarters
Parkway 10 11 7 12- 40
Coldwater 9 13 14 6- 42
Adams 4, Bates 8, Dennison 2, Heindel 11, Barna 13, Gibson 2
Hoying 10, Thobe 10, Harlamert 2, Wolters 8, Brunet 2, Fisher 7, McKibben 3