Michigan High School Basketball - Parkway Christian nips Lutheran NorthwestJanuary 19, 2018: Rochester Hills, MI 48309
Fans at Friday's league challenge between the Parkway Christian (Sterling Heights, MI) and the host Lutheran Northwest Crusaders (Rochester Hills, MI), saw Parkway Christian's basketball squad hold off Lutheran Northwest by a tally of 46-43.
With the victory, Parkway Christian improves its record to 4-5 on the campaign. The host Plymouth Christian Academy (Canton, MI) to play the Eagles in a challenge on Tuesday, January 23. The Eagles come into the challenge with a record of 0-0.
Next up, the Crusaders play the Plymouth Christian Academy Eagles (Canton, MI) in a non-league challenge, on Friday, January 26. Lutheran Northwest will attempt to advance on its 1-1 season record.
Despite a tough shooting night, turnovers, and some close calls the Eagles were able to overcome adversity. They jumped out to a 9-5 lead, keeping Lutheran off balance defensively and playing tough on the boards. Austin Hosmer led the scoring off with 6 of the Eagle’s 9 points in the opening frame. John Stricker set the tone on the boards pulling in 6 of his 9 rebounds in the first half alone.
The second quarter was more Hosmer. He dropped 7 more in the second quarter and the Eagles were able to open up a 10 point lead at one point. He finished with 19 points and 7 boards. The Eagles went into halftime with a comfortable 24-15 lead, but Lutheran Northwest played hard all night and would not give up without a fight.
A sloppy third quarter and poor shooting for the Eagles allowed Lutheran Northwest to get back into the game, cutting the lead to just 5 going into the fourth quarter. Tayshaun Peterson kept the Eagles alive, yet again in the third quarter, scoring 5 of his 7 points.
In the final quarter Jon Tweedly hit a huge three-pointer with just 4 minutes to go, pushing the Eagles lead back out to 9 points 40-31. He scored all 5 of his points in crunch time and was a monster on the glass, pulling down 9 rebounds to go along with a team high 4 steals. But again, LNW wouldn’t go away cutting the lead again, this time to just two points 40-38. Two Austin Hosmer free-throws put the Eagles back up 4 and with a minute and a half remaining in the game, the Eagles decided to ice the game with a stall. They executed it nicely and did not commit any turnovers to finish the game. Seung Min Kwon, who played tough defensively all night long, scored the final points of the game for the Eagles, knocking down four clutch free-throws. He also added 3 steals and 3 assists. To seal the game, the Eagles came up with three big defensive stops down the stretch in the last four LNW possessions, only allowing a bank three-pointer in the final seconds.