Separation from the Coffeyville Golden Tornado came methodically for the Parsons Vikings on Tuesday, but the first-place Vikings nonetheless walked away with a 71-44 win and stayed perched atop the SEK League standings.
Coffeyville started the game on an 11-4 run before the Vikings ended the first quarter on an 11-3 run of its own.
“Coffeyville came out of the gate hot,” Parsons head coach Anthony Houk said. “We didn’t guard the bounce very well. They penetrated through our defense rather easily through the first quarter. I thought we were fortunate to have the lead. So I was proud of our guys for battling through that.”
Zeke Lyons, who surpassed 1,000 career points in last Friday’s win over Pittsburg, led Parsons with 26 points. Lyons found his scoring in all facets of the game as he hit eight field goals with two 3-pointers as well as hitting 8-of-11 free throws.
“This was one of his more complete efforts yet,” Houk said. “He knocked down some shots. He continues to rebound. Those lead to points. He’s figuring that out and did a great job of getting to the line as well.”
Houk also commended DaQuan Johnson’s effort in the win — Johnson scored six points.
“I thought he had a great game,” Houk said. “His rebounding was great. He had a ton of deflections. He had a complete game. He just didn’t light up the scoring column.”
Dariq Williams also reached double figures for the Vikings with 11 points while nine players in total found the box score for Parsons.
Tariq Logan led Coffeyville with 18 points while Darrell Jones added 10 points.
The Golden Tornado dropped to 3-13 overall and 1-7 in league action with the loss.
Parsons improved its record to 15-1 overall and 8-0 in league play. With Pittsburg’s win over Chanute, the Vikings still hold a two-game lead in the league with four games remaining. That leaves Parsons’ magic number to guarantee a share of the league title at two.
The Vikings host Independence in their final home game of the regular season — Parsons is guaranteed to host at least the first round of sub-state — on Friday.
“Everybody wants to beat us right now,” Houk said. “We can’t think about winning two games. We’ve got to win each quarter, one game at a time. It’ll be our last regular season home game. Independence gave us all we wanted the first time. We want the league title, but we’ve got to win them one at a time.”
Parsons 71, Coffeyville 44
Parsons: 15 17 15 24 — 71
Coffeyville: 14 10 10 10 — 44
Parsons: Ethan Houk 7, Dariq Williams 11, DaQuan Johnson 6, Zeke Lyons 26, Cedric Webb 4, Pierce Thomas 6, Croix Hogan 1, Sylas pickles 2, Julius Smith-Reece 8
Coffeyville: Darrell Jones 10, Tariq Logan 18, Cooper Rooks 2, Seth Bromley 2, Brennden Graham 7, Caden Herring 5