Unfortunately, the Parkside Rangers endure another disappointing loss to wrap up their home season finale for the 2010-2011 season.
A 7:30 tip off game against the Quincy Hawks on Valentines Day turned bitter for the Rangers in the early portion of the second half as the Hawks turned the tide, focusing on building momentum and tight defense.
Parkside came out swinging from the tip off, eventually hitting several three pointers, compliments of sophomore Jeremy Safford and senior guard Andy Fitzgerald. The combination of three pointers and a sound performance in the 2-3 zone left the Hawks baffled.
Throughout the game, Quincy attacked the basket aggressively. In the first half, Parkside did not allow such offensives. Unfortunately, for the Rangers though, each game is a matter of two halves.
Throughout the entire first half, Parkside’s edge grew thinner, eventually leading to a 31-31 tie as Quincy’s Josh Edmonds buried a 3 pointer with 32.9 seconds remaining in the first half.
It felt as if fireworks exploded inside DeSimone gymnasium as sophomore Nick Neari quickly stole the ball and rushed down the court for a tie breaking lay-up. The momentum carried forward as Neari once again stole the ball, giving Parkside a chance to go up two scores leading into halftime. This noble attempt failed as time ran out, ending the half.
From that point on, all momentum rested in Quincy’s hands. A lethargic Ranger defense was left dazed and confused in the defensive boards as Quincy repeatedly attacked the basket in the second half.
“Putting the ball in the net is what it all came down to today, and we just didn’t do enough of it,” stated Head Coach Luke Reigel, after the disappointing 67-56 loss.
Quincy came out of the locker room with a passion to play better defense and that is exactly what they did containing star point guard, Jordan Mach, to only 12 points; Andy Fitzgerald was the second leading scorer with 11.
With the finalization of this game, UW-Parkside falls to 5-11 in the GLVC and 8-16 overall.
The Parkside Rangers will now hit the road as they take the floor in Illinois-Springfield on Thursday February 17. The following and final game of the regular season is Saturday February 19th at 1:00 At Saint Josephs.
The Parkside Rangers only need to win one of these games to clinch their own spot in the GLVC Tournament.
Story by Andrew Donahoe