Boys' middle school tournament: Parkway, Hardin Park reach final
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Parkway's Alex Marinakis took over the game in the Patriots' 53-41 victory over Mabel in the semifinals of the boys' middle school basketball tournament Tuesday.
Marinakis, who scored 16 points, scored on three straight possessions to keep a possible Mabel rally from cutting into Parkway's lead. Mabel scored seven straight points, but Marinakis countered with three baskets to help the Patriots keep a 46-33 lead.
Parkway's power forward Isaiah Finger led the Patriots in scoring with 19 points. Finger also pulled down 14 rebounds.
Parkway point guard Sam Crabbe made two 3-pointers and finished with eight points.
The Patriots needed a strong performance from Finger and Marinakis to counter the 22 points that Mabel's Alex McConnell scored. McConnell also pulled down seven rebounds.
Parkway pulled away from Mabel in the second quarter after leading 12-6 at the end of the first. The Patriots opened the second with an 8-0 run, but a McConnell three-point play sparked a 5-0 mini-run.
Parkway led 20-11 when the Patriots closed out the first half with a 10-2 to give them a 30-13 halftime lead.
The Patriots play Hardin Park in the finals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Lentz-Eggers Gym.
HARDIN PARK BOYS 45, GREEN VALLEY 25
Hardin Park got nine points and 14 rebounds form Braxton Moffett in the Eagles' 45-25 victory over Green Valley in the semifinals of the boys' middle school tournament held at Lentz-Eggers Gym at Watauga High.
Bryant Hou led Hardin Park with 11 points, while Hayes Henerson and Eli Stroud each scored seven.
Chris Harrison sored nine points and Jonathan McClannon scored eight for Green Valley.
Hardin Park got out to a fast start by taking a 14-2 lead. Green Valley's offense struggled by turning the ball over 12 times in the first quarter, but settled down and turned the ball over just two times in the second quarter.
Hardin Park's offense started to sputter in the second quarter, but Green Valley could not take advantage. Hardin Park outscored Green Valley 7-5 in the second period and took a 21-7 lead into halftime.
Hardin Park plays Parkway in the finals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Lentz-Eggers Gym.