Thompson-led Parkview too much for 'Jacks
By GEOFF STOUTE
BATON ROUGE — Whether he was blocking shots, slamming home monster dunks or altering shots, Parkview’s James Thompson was just too much for the Patterson Lumberjacks to handle.
His teammates didn’t help the Lumberjacks’ cause, either.
Thompson was one of three Parkview players in double figures as No. 23 Parkview Baptist recorded its second-straight upset with a 59-42 victory against No. 7 Patterson.
In the first-round, Parkview had upset No. 10 seed Westlake 50-39.
In Friday’s victory, Thompson scored 24 points, while Reed Vial and Will Jones added 13 points apiece for the homestanding squad.
“I was very pleased at the way we passed the ball, the way we rebounded throughout the game,” Parkview coach Don Green said. “We shot free throws a little better than we normally do and to me that was big for us, so I was very pleased at how we played as a team.”
Defensively, the Eagles did not allow a single Lumberjack to reach double figures.
Taylan Grogan and Mykel Jones each led Patterson with eight points.
Thompson, 6-feet, 8-inches and with a sizable advantage against Patterson, used it to early on as he flushed home a dunk on a teammate’s shot that bounced on the rim for an 8-5 Parkview advantage.
On the defensive side, he recorded two blocks in the period, although Patterson’s Nehemiah Augustus was able to score on a second-chance shot after Thompson had blocked another shot.
Thompson put an exclamation on the first-quarter as he took a pass from Will Jones along the baseline and threw down a monster dunk as time expired for a 13-7 Eagle advantage after 1.
“They didn’t do anything that we weren’t expecting. … We tried to be aggressive early, but the way they played their defense, it kind of slowed us down,” Patterson coach Ryan Taylor said.
The Eagles were able to extend their lead to 15-7 before the start of the second quarter as Taylor was assessed a technical foul while arguing what he thought should have been a foul against Parkview.
Despite the early deficit and Thompson's dominating presence, Patterson began to get back in the game.
Denzel Johnson’s three-pointer with about 2:50 remaining in the first half following a cross-court pass cut the Lumberjacks’ deficit to 20-17.
After Patterson’s Jedrick Gunner sank two free throws with 1:44 remaining to cut the deficit to 21-19, the ’Jacks tied the score at 21 exactly 20 seconds later when Daylon Charlot put up a basket after Augustus’ attempt at a shot was knocked away.
Thompson connected on an inside bucket late in the half for a 23-21 Parkview lead at halftime.
Parkview began the third period on a 9-3 run to take a 32-24 lead. The run was keyed by two three-pointers by Vial.
“It was told to us going in not to leave him (open), and we broke down two or three times, and he hurt us,” Taylor said.
Patterson cut the deficit to five at 32-27 following a Taylon Grogan three-pointer, but Thompson added another basket for a 34-27 lead.
With 2:47 remaining in the contest, play was stopped after lightning tripped the breaker for some of the gym’s lights, Green said.
The game was delayed about 10 minutes before play resumed.
However, Patterson could get no closer as Parkview went on a 16-4 run for the remainder of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth to take as much as a 48-31 lead at the 6:23 mark following an Austin Payne free throw.
The Eagles benefited greatly at the line as they converted 23 of 34 attempts, while Patterson attempted 18 shots from the charity stripe and made 13.
“I thought they got away with some fouls when we would attack the glass, but we didn’t help ourselves making free throws,” Taylor said. “They hit some free throws and got themselves in a rhythm, but they were aggressive. They feed the post a lot and that caused them to get to the line a lot.”
Green said his squad tries to draw fouls during games.
“Free throws can really help you a lot,” he said. “It can extend leads, and it can take some momentum away from people.”
Additionally, Patterson struggled to make shots, some of which Thompson’s wingspan altered.
“He forced us into some … tough shots, but we’ve made those shots before,” Taylor said. “It wasn’t like I was disappointed. I didn’t think it was a bad shot at all. I just thought it was a tough shot. When you’re playing in a second-round, late round playoff game, you gotta find a way to make those shots and then it starts going your way when stuff happens.”
While the ’Jacks cut the Parkview deficit to 11 at 51-40 with 2:14 remaining following two free throws by Charlot, they could get no closer.
Other top contributors for Patterson included Augustus, who had seven; and Johnson, Turner and Charlot with five points apiece.
Patterson finished its season with a 17-7 mark.
Parkview (17-12) will host No. 2 seed Richwood Tuesday in the Class 3A quarterfinals.