Parchment High School

2004-2005 Parchment Varsity Basketball Game #24 versus Hillsdale

Regional Finals

Sweet Sixteen

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Laser, Hillsdale on money vs. Panthers

Friday, March 11, 2000 By Todd Newell

BATTLE CREEK -- Parchment's improbable March Madness run has come to an end. With laser-like precision, Luke Laser and his Hillsdale boys' basketball teammates dismantled the Panthers, 71-45, Thursday night in a Class B regional final at Kellogg Arena. The eighth-ranked Hornets advance to Tuesday's state quarterfinal contest, where they will face perennial power Grand Rapids South Christian at Grand Valley State University. After a strong season-ending finish and last-second heroics in district and regional action, the Panthers (15-9) found themselves simply overmatched by the quicker and taller Hornets.

"I'm very proud of the kids and what we went through this season and for them to get this far is pretty amazing," Parchment coach Larry Bailey said. "But what can I say? We got beat by a better team tonight." Knowing it had to take the air out of the ball to stay close, Parchment's slowdown offense resulted in a 13-11 first-quarter deficit. P.J. Withrow's second 3-pointer of the game gave the Panthers a 14-13 lead to start the second quarter, but that just upset the Hornets (25-0), who went on a 22-5 run -- including 11 of the quarter's final 14 points. It only got worse for the Panthers in the final 16 minutes as they were held to only four points in the third. Much of the fourth was simply mop-up work.

"It's a hard style of basketball to play against and we knew that coming in," Bailey said. "They're extremely physical, good shooters, good size and they have No. 4 (Luke Laser)." Laser, Hillsdale's lone starting senior, hit from the outside and slammed home three dunks with a repertoire that included a one-handed tomahawk, two-handed breakaway dunk and an exclamation point putback slam that brought the Hornets' faithful to its feet. Laser carries himself well off the court as well, as Bailey pointed out that Laser was the first to congratulate him after the Panthers' one-point win over St. Joseph on Tuesday night and offered Bailey and the Panthers their props after Thursday's contest.

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"He told me after the game that we're young and that we'd be back next year and our kids made comments too that he's just a real class act," Bailey said. Laser, who will take his game to Saginaw Valley State University next year, had a game-high 25 points and added a game-high 14 rebounds, five assists and two blocks. His 25th point also was the 1,000th of his three-year varsity career. Withrow led Parchment with 14 points off the bench, including hitting his first three shots.

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Individual Statistics

Player Pts
#11     5     
#13     6
#15     7*
#21     5*
#23     2
#25     2
#31     2
#33    14*
#35     2  
* = 3-pointer

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Coach T's pregame comments: Let me start by saying that I don't approve of my behavior at the game. I was on the officials from the first missed call to the last missed call. Not very sporting of me but in truth I really feel that in a tightly called game we would have had the advantage. That said, I had no business yelling at the refs. It was poor sportsmanship on my part. That's why they have so much trouble getting good officials to stay in the game. I truly believe that if we had had Tuesday's refs for this game (they called a "tight" game Tuesday) we would have hung with Hillsdale right down to the wire. Unfortunately officiating styles do determine the outcome of some games.

Truth be known I really don't want to talk that much about the game. It wasn't our night, the cards were stacked against us, the stars weren't in allignment, I should have wore the same socks and underwear as I did Tuesday (OK, maybe not). The bottom line is that we needed to play a near perfect game and, well, we kind of had an average game. We were probably due given that we had been playing so well for so many games in a row. WHAT A GREAT SEASON!! Most of you probably have never heard of "Bless you boys". Well ask your parents who the "Bless you boys" were. (Hint: The Roar of 1984.) They were champions and the phrase "Bless you boys" kept playing over and over in my head on the ride home from the game. This was a team of CHAMPIONS!!

Underclassmen, you are probably already looking forward to next year. Some of you are probably looking forward to doing this 2 more times. Well my recommendation would be to not take anything for granted. Tell me Derrick Mitchell wasn't looking forward to another sweet playoff run this year only to go down in round 1 of districts. It takes a special group to get to the regional finals and this 2nd half of the season squad was VERY VERY special. I have loved watching all of you this year and I sincerely want to say "Bless you boys" for a GREAT GREAT season. Seniors. RICHIE the gravity defying high flyer. ALEX the silky smooth "BIG EASY". CRAIG B-train the mad bomber. BENJAMIN "BIG BEN", P-towns answer to "THE PROFESSOR". You guys made this season very very special for me. I AM REALLY GOING TO MISS WATCHING YOU GUYS!! Thanks for being Alex's teammate. Thanks for taking P-town to the regional finals for only the 3rd time in the school's 48 year history. Thanks for making me PROUD to be from Parchment! I love you guys and I'm a better person for having known all of you. Don't be strangers. Stop by sometime and let me know how college life is treating you. Oh, and one more thing. I am now looking forward to throwing down a nasty cross over and breaking all your ankles next time I run into any of you on the hardwood. You can't check me(ha)!!

And underclassmen, I'll be seeing you in the gym and in the weight room and out pounding the pavement. Start the count down. There are only 275 days until your first game next year!!

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I call this my "HAND CHECK GALLERY"!! Question of the day: Are hand checks legal? Back in the day, we had to "play D with our feet". We didn't have the luxury of the "hand check". One day after this game guess where Alex was? That's right he was at the Borgess Fitness Center hitting the weights so that next year these kinds of hand checks are going to feel like "flys" that landed on his arms and waist. How about it underclassmen? Want to join Alex at the GYM?!?!

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Coach T afterthought: I'm in shock. I just got on and found out that Alex was named to their Class B All-State 6th team. SWEET!! Here are the 10 class B teams selected by

Player of the year: David Kool, South Christian

Coach of the year: Tim Crawford, Frankenmuth

First team:

Tom Herzog 7-0 Jr Flint Powers

David Kool 6-2 Jr Grand Rapids South Christian

Alex Legion 6-4 So Birmingham Country Day

Jovon Mosely 6-2 Jr Warren Lincoln

Tajuan Porter 5-6 Jr Detroit Renaissance

Second team:

Cecil Brown 5-10 Jr Wyoming Godwin Heights

Darby Decker 6-3 Sr Tawas

Luke Laser 6-5 Sr Hillsdale

Darrius Williams 6-2 Sr Detroit Crockett

Jon Yeazel 6-2 Sr Middleville

Fourth team:

Laval Lucas-Perry 6-2 So Flint Powers

Arien McDaniel 5-9 Sr Muskegon Heights

Jordan Sipkovsky 6-2 So Perry

Ted Tackett 6-1 Sr Riverview

Gibson Tobin 5-8 Sr Grayling

Fifth team:

Andy Clark 6-4 Sr Perry

Tyler Laser 5-11 So Hillsdale

Jared List 6-4 Jr Frankenmuth

Steve Short 6-0 Sr Kingsford

Omar Thomas 6-6 Sr Birmingham Country Day

Sixth team:

Justin Anyijong 6-8 So East Grand Rapids

Donnie Carson 6-2 Jr Livonia Clarenceville

Mark Coury 6-8 Sr Birmingham Country Day

Kyle Pelzer 6-3 Sr Marine City

Alex Wolf 5-11 Jr Parchment

Seventh team:

Derrick Mitchell 6-1 Sr Paw Paw

Ed Sanders 6-7 Jr Muskegon Heights

Jon Snikkers 6-5 Hudsonville Unity Christian

Tony VanWoerkom 6-9 Sr Holland Christian

Travis Willard 6-4 Sr Lake Odessa Lakewood

Eighth team:

David Clore 6-5 Jr St. Joseph

Robert Giles 6-4 Sr Detroit Crockett

Mike Rader 6-8 Sr Wayland

Justin Ringler 6-3 Jr Reed City

C.J. Wicker 6-3 Sr Bridgeport

Ninth team:

Dan Drwencke 6-5 Sr Macomb Lutheran North

Anthony Fernandez 6-1 Sr Lansing Catholic Central

Bennie Sczepkowski 5-10 Sr Warren Lincoln

Corey Thelen 6-4 Sr Lake Odessa Lakewood

Jeff Ziegler 6-5 Jr Dexter

10th team:

Josh Bartlett 6-5 Sr Lakeview

David Fox 6-1 So Muskegon Heights

Aaron List 6-4 Jr Frankenmuth

Ryan Simonson 6-1 Sr Wyoming Kelloggsville

Ryan Tijerina 6-1 Sr Freeland

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