Parkway’s Tanner Bates fires away on a jump shot as an Allen East defender closes out during the Panthers’ 34-33 sectional loss to the Mustangs. Bates was an honorable mention all-MAC player this season. (Times Bulletin/Pat Agler)
BY NICK JOHNSON
Times Bulletin Correspondent
ST MARYS — The Parkway Panthers began its tournament run in Division III boys basketball at St. Marys Memorial High School Tuesday night against the Allen East Mustangs. It was a tale of two halves for Parkway as the Panthers won the first half 20-10 but lost the second half 24-13 and lost the game 34-33.
Parkway opened the game with a 3-pointer from senior Austin Adams. The Mustangs countered with two foul shots from Logan Rex and a trey from Logan Ryan to give Allen East an early 5-2 lead. A three from Adams, a Tanner Bates free throw and a put back from Brant Barna gave Parkway a 9-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Barna opened the second stanza with another basket for Parkway and Bates added a long 3-pointer to give the Panthers a 14-5 lead. Allen East got a mini run to bring the score to 14-10 Panthers, when Matthew Shuey got a basket and Ryan drained another three.
Parkway finally got the lead to double digits as Austin Dennison got nothing but net from long range, and Bates drained a trey with time expiring in the first half to make it 20-10, Panthers at the half.
The Mustangs took over the momentum in the second half with a 13-0 run, getting four points each from Jacob Sherrick and Shuey. After a Ryan layup Allen East had a 23-20 lead over the Panthers, Bates got fouled on a 3-pointer and made three foul shots to tie the game at 23. Another Bates three-pointer gave the Panthers a 26-23 lead at the end of the third quarter.
“We got off to a good lead played a pretty decent first half it was one of those things you know I think those kids haven’t won a sectional game in a while and they know it was there for them. Sometimes not intention you play not to lose when you should play to win. Even though we tried to be the aggressor and press once and awhile we missed some assignments. It didn’t turn out the way we wanted to,” said Parkway coach Rick Hickman.
The Mustangs jumped in front in the final quarter, beginning with buckets from Luke Perkins and Shuey. Another three from Bates gave Parkway the lead back at 29-27. Minutes later, the Panthers were clinging to a 33-32 lead.
Then with ten seconds left on the clock, Allen East inbounded the ball to Miller who found Shuey on a back door cut. It was a perfect pass for Shuey to catch in the air and lay in off the backboard, and Allen East led 34-33 with three seconds left on the clock. A last-second half-court shot from Parkway failed, giving the win to the Mustangs.
In the loss, the Panthers got a big game from Bates who scored 16 points and collected seven boards. Barna added eight points and six rebounds for Parkway.
Allen East got a team high 13 points and 10 rebounds from Shuey and 11 points from Ryan on the night.
“They continue to be aggressive, and as you saw we couldn’t throw the ball into the ocean,” said Hickman. “Probably more open shots then we have had in a while. Whether it was a layup from a foul shot and a 3-pointer, nothing was going. Some times when you are shooting like that you are a little tentative, and you knock down a couple of shots your confidence is up and you just go. But when you get into that kind of mode instead of winning by 20 you lose by one.”
The Allen East Mustangs advance to play Lima Central Catholic on Friday at St. Mary’s.
Score by quarters
Allen East 5 5 13 11- 34
Parkway 9 11 6 7- 33
Allen East (34)
Miller 2, Rex 2, Ryan 11, Wireman 0, Perkins 2, Shuey 13, Sherrick 4
B. Adams 0, Gibson 0, Barna 8, Bates 16, A. Adams 6, Schaffner 0, Dennison 3