Twenty-three points from DaQuan Johnson and a suffocating defensive effort in the paint kept the Parsons Vikings’ record unblemished on Tuesday night as they defeated the Chanute Blue Comets 79-53.
“We knew they would be a tough team,” Parsons head coach Anthony Houk said. “They’ve got a great big man in the middle in Ty Bowman. And they’re surrounded by shooters. They made 10 threes tonight. But we’re fine with that as long as the number of twos didn’t go crazy.”
Johnson provided the spark early for the Vikings, with many of his 23 points coming off offensive rebounds.
“He was the catalyst for us in the first quarter,” Houk said. “He had a lot of putbacks. I tell young kids all the time that if they want to score, go get rebounds. DaQuan times the ball so well off the rim and his motor is always going.”
Tuesday night’s tilt saw both teams playing for an opportunity take a stranglehold on the SEK League race. It was Parsons, though, that stayed undefeated as the Vikings are now 9-0 on the year. The Vikings are also 4-0 in league play, while Chanute dropped to 4-4 and 3-2 in league action.
While Parsons allowed 10 3-pointers in the contest to Chanute, the Blue Comets only registered 11 field goals from two-point range and converted on 1-of-7 free throws.
“We knew threes were their strength,” Houk said. “We’re going to play the percentages and see what happens. Our perimeter defense isn’t weak, that was just the gameplan. I don’t want to give up 15 threes, but we don’t want to give up the lane. We’re comfortable playing midline defense and getting rebounds.”
In addition to Johnson’s 23 points, Zeke Lyons, Dariq Williams and Ethan Houk all reached double figures with 13, 12 and 11 points respectively.
The Vikings look to stay perfect on Friday as they host a two-win Fort Scott Tigers squad.
“We’re not going to overlook anybody’s record,” Houk said. “They gave Pittsburg all they wanted. They’re well coached and have some height. They’ll play hard. We just have to make sure we take care of us. We had four guys in double figures tonight. If we keep sharing the ball, we’re pretty tough to beat.”
IN THE JV AND FRESHMAN GAMES…Parsons JV beat Chanute 67-61. Paxton Swanson led the Vikings with 18 points. Parsons freshmen beat Chanute 58-37. Tre Pierce led in scoring with 10 points. The Parsons freshmen also beat Fort Scott in the Iola Tournament on Monday night 60-31. Omarion Watson led the Vikings with 11 points.
Parsons 79, Chanute 53
Parsons: 20 20 23 16 — 79
Chanute: 11 14 15 13 — 53
Parsons: Ethan Houk 11, Dariq Williams 12, DaQuan Johnson 23, Zeke Lyons 13, Miles Hogan 2, Cedric Webb 2, Pierce Thomas 9, Julius Smith-Reece 5, Jessie Jones 2
Chanute: Peyton Beck 2, Shan Williams 2, Garrett Almond 13, AJ Bollig 1, Ty Boman 9, Tye Coombs 11, Kam Koester 6, Briley Peavy 11