East junior Sincere Parker stole the show in what was supposed to be a tussle for first place in the NIC-10.
Parker scored 37 points and he had ten steals plus one big dunk to lead the E-Rabs. Parker scored 17 points in the first half of what was a tight game at the time. East led by only five 32-27 at intermission. Harlem’s Jayc Dieterle fired in three three-pointers to boost the Huskies in the first half. The Huskies managed to hang in the game despite the fact point guard Treye Tucker was saddled on the bench with three fouls.
But the E-Rabs opened the third quarter by scoring five straight points to take command. A Parker three-pointer put East up by ten. He followed that up with a steal and a dunk to push the lead to 12. Harlem did cut the deficit to six, but the E-Rabs pulled away to make the final score 72-48. The games wasn’t as lopsided as the final score would appear but it was an impressive showing by the E-Rabs.
“I was prepared for it (the game) all week, locked-in,” said Parker. “Just mentally focusedon defense. I knew the offense would come.”
“Sincere was a monster tonight. He was on,” said East guard Chris Burnell. “The rim just kept getting bigger and bigger as the night kept going on.”
“We’ve been talking to him (Parker) about being a more complete player and being good on both ends of the floor and our stat guy has him for ten steals and I’m more proud of that than anything,” said East coach Roy Sackmaster.
The E-Rabs now enjoy a two game cushion in the NIC-10. They’re 16-2 overall and 9-0 in the conference. Harlem is now 11-7, 7-2.