Parkside Completes Comeback To Stun Wi-Hi
In a game for the ages, the Parkside Rams boys basketball team came from 20 down to hand Wicomico their first conference loss of the season.
Although starting the game on a 7-0 run, the rest of the first quarter, and the second would not be friendly to the Rams. Wi-Hi would close the first quarter gap to 11-8 after one, and would go on a run themselves in the second quarter.
The Indians surprised Parkside with their man to man defense, using point guard Torrey Brittingham to guard Parkside wing man Colen Gaynor. The matchup would workout in Wi-Hi’s favor, when the Rams do-it-all senior was held to just 9 points in the first half. Wi-Hi scored 23 points in the second frame, with 6 players scoring in the period to take a 31-23 lead into the break.
The third quarter presented much of the same problems for Parkside, turnovers and not being able to get into a rhythm offensively. While Parkside was having their problems, the Indians began to dominate. Pouring in 29 points in the third quarter, eight from Torrey Brittingham, and seven from Nelson Brown, Wi-Hi held a 60-40 lead going into the final quarter, the Indians did suffer a key injury near the end of the third, as senior forward Trevell Jones went down with a knee injury, and would not return, an injury that would hurt the Indians on the glass down the stretch.
The fourth quarter is where things got interesting. After sitting in a zone for most of the night, Parkside head coach Dave Byer decided to go full-court press, to speed the game up and disrupt the Indians, with their point guard Brittingham on the bench after picking up his fourth foul late in the third. The pressure worked to a tee for Parkside, forcing turnovers and getting out in transition, the Rams cut the lead to 9 in less than two minutes.
Parkside’s offense came alive midway thru the fourth, with Gaynor leading them with 12 points in the last frame, while senior forward Juwan Williams put in 11. The pressure sent the Rams on a 20-0 run to tie the game up with 5 minutes remaining. After forcing a couple more turnovers, a Dajour Diggs and-1 would give the Rams the lead with less than four to play. With Torrey Brittingham picking up his fifth foul a short time after, Wi-Hi would struggle to score over the final four minutes as Parkside used a barrage of three pointers by Gary Briddell and Gaynor, as well as one more and-1 by Diggs to finish off the Indians. After totaling 40 in the first three quarters, Parkside rattled off 41 in the final eight minutes.
In all, only four Rams scored on the night. Gaynor finished with a game-high 25, Briddell with 14, Williams with 19, and Diggs with 23. For Wi-Hi, senior guard Nelson Brown scored a team-high 23 points, while junior Torrey Brittingham netted 20, and big man Ly Stanley added 10.