For the third straight time, the Parsons Vikings routed their opponents on Tuesday night as they beat the Coffeyville Golden Tornado 74-42.
Tuesday’s SEK League romp came despite the fact that Parsons actually trailed Coffeyville 17-16 through one quarter.
“Our guys have a willingness to play team defense and share the ball,” Parsons head coach Anthony Houk said. “That’s what it comes down to. They played great defense, rebounded like crazy and our guys were hard to guard. We wanted to execute little things and we did a great job of that.”
Ethan Houk connected on five 3-pointers en route to a team-high 19 points for the Vikings on the night.
“He’s shooting the ball very confidently right now,” Houk said. “Ethan’s knocking shots down and our guys are finding him. They’re getting him open.”
Julius Smith-Reece added 17 points, Sylas Hickles chipped in 16 and Jessie Jones delivered 10 for Parsons.
“What I loved most about Ethan’s 19,” Houk said, “and the rest of our seniors whether they score 17, 18 or 19 or they score four, five or six, we get the same effort on the defensive end. We’re preaching that to our younger guys.”
Ethan Viets led Coffeyville with 17 points. The Golden Tornado dropped to 2-8 overall and 2-3 in league action with the loss.
As for Parsons, it improved to 8-3 overall and 4-1 in the SEK League. The Vikings have won three straight games in blowout fashion in the week since losing to Pittsburg on the road.
“We lost to a good Pittsburg team,” Houk said. “If I attribute it to anything, it’s our guys and our focus right now. They’re hungry to prove that they’re proud of the groups before them and to show that they want to be great too. They’re hungry to go get another SEK title. It doesn’t just happen by beating Pittsburg. We have to beat everybody in front of us, including ourselves.”
The Vikings hit the road on Friday to face Fort Scott, which fell to Labette County on Tuesday night.
“Fort Scott might be a team that lost to Labette County, but they’re a team that beat Pittsburg,” Houk said. “They made some great adjustments in that game and we know they’ll do the same to us. So we have to be ready for anything that they might throw at us.”
Parsons 74, Coffeyville 42
Parsons: 16 21 24 11 — 74
Coffeyville: 17 12 8 5 — 42
Parsons: Ethan Houk 19, Jessie Jones 10, Cedric Webb 6, Dion Sylvester 2, Sylas Hickles 16, Justin Smith 2, Julius Smith-Reece 17
Coffeyville: Ethan Viets 17, Tariq Logan 9, Cooper Rooks 3, Caden Herring 6, Zach Slavin 5, Deandre Shobe 2