Men's Basketball News & Highlights
November 21, 2013
Parenti Scores 31 in 3 OT Win
The Eagles led for 39-of-40 minutes in regulation, but they needed two free throws from Caleb Knudsen with three-tenths of a second left to tie the game at 61 and send the contest to overtime. Knudsen drained both tosses for his first two points of the contest.
For the first 34 1/2 minutes of the contest, it appeared that free throws were going to be the story. While the visiting Ravens scuffled from the line, the Eagles made 17 of their first 19 attempts and led 57-52 with 5:30 to play. Jacob Clark missed a pair with a chance to give the Eagles a seven-point edge, and then the Eagles seemed to lose their way from the stripe. Prior to Knudsen’s heroics, Eastern made only 2-of-10 free throws.
The Ravens, who had led for one possession in the first half, took advantage of the Eagles’ wayward foul shooting and grabbed their second lead of the contest on a pair of free throws from Dom Scafidi with 30 seconds to play.
Down one, the Eagles ran a set to get Parenti a good look in the corner. His 15-footer went halfway down and popped out where it was grabbed by Rosemont’s DeAndre Jordan. Parenti chased him up-court and fouled him with 12 seconds to play. After Jordan split a pair, the Eagles trailed 61-59 with the length of the floor to travel. Malcolm Garrison’s nine-footer rolled out and was tapped across the basket where Knudsen caught the ball amidst heavy physical contact. The whistle beat the horn by half a beat and Knudsen’s follow attempt rolled off.
“I am really proud of Caleb for how he stepped up and hit those free throws,” head coach Nate Stewart commented. “I am even more proud of the way he stayed with the play. It was a great effort play to get on that ball.” Knudsen was in foul trouble early. He finished with five points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Jimmie Willis answered a Scafidi bucket with a pair of free throws at the start of the second overtime. The Eagles then connected on 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to take a four-point lead at 69-65. That lead would not last, however, as the Ravens scored the final four points of the period to tie the score. Parenti had the ball for a last-chance shot, but the junior guard was stripped by Rosemont’s Marquis Goodman and the crowd held its collective breath as Kyle Lafferty’s running 25-footer hit the back iron.
Neither team led by more than two points in the second overtime. Parenti again had the final look, but his shot in the paint rimmed out, and Clark was unable to get a follow-up chance up before the final buzzer.
Knudsen opened the third overtime with a coast-to-coast drive to put the Eagles up 77-75. Eastern pushed its edge to five on two occasions, but again the Ravens fought back. Up 85-80 with 21 seconds to play, the Eagles gave up a lay-up to Jordan. A turnover on the inbound play gave the Ravens the ball with 13 seconds to play.
Scafidi stuck back a Jordan miss to cut the deficit to one with 1.4 to play and the Ravens fouled Knudsen immediately. Knudsen hit his second attempt for the final margin.
“It is good in that we got several chances to work on end-game situations,” Stewart stated. “We should not have needed those final two free throws in regulation though. We know that we have to continue to take better care of the ball and hit our free throws. Credit Rosemont for some of those turnovers, they are a very quick team that really works to take the ball away.”
Stewart and his young charges will have only limited time to recover before taking on Lancaster Bible on Saturday.
Parenti made 5-of-8 threes and had three assists and three steals. Willis had 15 points and six rebounds and Shaquan Turk scored 11 points in his second college game.
Jordan led the Ravens with 21 and Scafidi added 18. Nadir Stukes recorded a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds. Stukes also had five steals.Photo Gallery
Updated: Saturday, 23 November 2013