Parkway's Tanner Bates tries a jumper during the Panthers' loss to New Knoxville on friday night. (Times Bulletin/Pat Agler)
By Nick Johnson
Times Bulletin Correspondent
ROCKFORD — The Parkway Panthers welcomed the New Knoxville Rangers to Parkway High School for Winter Homecoming and a little Midwest Athletic Conference boys basketball action on Friday night. The Panthers and Rangers battled for five quarters and New Knoxville was able to get 50-43 win in overtime.
The Panthers open the contest with a corner 3-pointer from Austin Dennison to take a 3-0 lead.
The Rangers then went on a 10-0 run, getting six points from Andrew Arnett during the New Knoxville run. The first period was closed out with a Brant Barna layup for Parkway and two foul shots for Arnett to make the score 12-5 after one quarter of play.
The Panthers dialed up the long ball to start the second quarter as both Brody Adams and Brandon Gibson connected on treys to make the score 14-11, New Knoxville.
Later in the second, Adams was able to connect on another 3-pointer but the Rangers’ Ryan Lageman also drained a three to make the score 21-14, New Knoxville.
New Knoxville got a made foul shots from Jalen Fullenkamp before the Panthers got three straight points from Barna to bring the score 22-17, Rangers.
Arnett got the final basket of the second quarter to give himself ten points in the first half and give his team a 24-17 lead.
The Panthers wasted little time in erasing the Rangers lead to start the third stanza. Tanner Bates nailed a 3-pointer and Barna got back-to-back layups to tie the game at 24-24.
New Knoxville got baskets from Fullenkamp and Arnett to take the lead back, but Parkway quickly struck back with a 3-pointer from Adams and layups from Dennison and Matt Heindel to take the lead at 31-30.
After a Fullenkamp 3-pointer gave New Knoxville a 33-31 lead with just a minute left in the third, Gibson was able to get a steal and take it the length of the court to beat the buzzer with a layup to knot it up at 33-33 after three quarters.
Both teams offenses got stuck in neutral in the fourth quarter, with the period ending in a 6-6 tie. Parkway got four points from Heindel in the fourth and the latter basket gave Parkway a 39-35 edge.
New Knoxville got a layup from Arnett with a minute three left on the clock and, with the game on the line, Fullenkamp stepped to the line with just six seconds on the clock and calmly drained two free throws to force overtime.
Parkway won the tip in overtime and Bates quickly connected on a trey to give the Panthers a 42-39 lead in OT. New Knoxville quickly counter with two layups from Arnett to make the score 43-42, Rangers.
Dennison tied the game up at 43-43 with a foul shot, but the Panthers were held without a point for the rest of overtime, and the Rangers were able to go 6-for-8 from the foul line to ice the game, 50-43 New Knoxville.
“We are just a basket short, a defensive stop short. We had momentum going into the end of regulations. Tanner Bates hit a big three to start overtime, and that’s where it ended kind of for us. They did a lot of penetrating into the lane and got into our defense and that caused some foul trouble for us. We got to deny penetration better next time. It is a character check every time you take the floor, and when you get down you have to battle back. The kids, they keep fighting and sooner or later they will come out on top,” said Parkway coach Rick Hickman.
“That’s our goal: we want to hold teams under 40 points, and you win games when you can do that. I thought that maybe a couple more bounces our way and we win that game. It is one of those things were we have to get over the hump, and once we get over the hump and win some of these close games, I think the kids can make some noise come the end of the year,” finished coach Hickman
The Rangers had two scorers in double figures as Andrew Arnett lead all scorers with a game-high 21 points and Jalen Fullenkamp added in 15 points on the night. The Panthers had a balanced scoring night as seven Parkway players scored five points or more, including Brant Barna with nine. Four others were tied with six points.
New Knoxville improves to 8-8 on the season and goes to 2-4 in the MAC. The Panthers drop to 4-12 on the year and 0-6 in the MAC.
Score by quarters
New Knoxville 12 12 9 6 11- 50
Parkway 5 12 16 6 4- 43
New Knoxville (50)
Howe 3, Kuntz 0, Lageman 9, Arnett 21, Kuck 0, Kuck 2, Fullenkamp 15
Heindel 6, A. Adams 5, Barna 9, Gibson 5, Schaffner 0, B. Adams 6, Dennison 6, Bates 6