Parker, E-Rabs overwhelm Geneva to break forty-year state drought

DEKALB – East sharpshooter Sincere Parker couldn’t buy a basket early in Tuesday’s IHSA Class 4A supersectional against Geneva.

Then, with East trailing by 14 points late in the second quarter, he stole a pass for a breakaway dunk. After that, he couldn’t miss.

In fact, there were very few East misses of any kind as the E-Rabs turned that 14-point deficit into a 70-62 win to earn the school’s first trip to an IHSA state tournament since 1978.

“Shooters just need to see the ball go in the basket,” East coach Roy Sackmaster said of Parker, who entered the game as the E-Rabs’ leading scorer with 18.7 points per game. After the dunk “he had a shot rattle around and go in. Then he had a couple of free throws. We knew that once he got going …. he’s really fun to watch.”

Parker missed his first four shots then hit nine of his last 10. He was far from a one-man show though. Overall, the E-Rabs hit 22-of-34 field games and 20-of-26 free throws. On one of the biggest stages, it was one of the best performances by a team in RPS 205 history.

Geneva blitzed East early, building a 16-6 lead after the first quarter, and pushing it to 31-17 on a 3-point shot from Mitch Mascari. Mascari and Joshua Preston were carving up East with 3-pointers and backcuts. The duo combined for 29 first-half points, including hitting 5-of-7 3-pointers in the first two quarters.

Parker’s steal and dunk, though, sparked a 9-2 run to close out the first half and the final two quarters were all East.

The E-Rabs played just six players and each made major contributions:

  • Chris Burnell had an uncharacteristic five turnovers, but he scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and led East with six assists.
  • Sha’Den Clanton scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds in a game where there weren’t many to get.
  • Makarious Luster made every shot he took – three field goal attempts and three free throws – to go along with four rebounds.
  • Andres Thompson didn’t attempt a shot and took just two free throws. He made both, though, and grabbed five rebounds, and, according to the DeKalb High School stat team, had the team’s best +/- on the night at +12.

“Down state. We got there,” Burnell said. “Now, we got to work.”

Rockford East 70, Geneva 62
Geneva Total FG 3-pt FG FT-FTA Pts. Reb. Ast. TO BLK STL F Min.
Kross Garth 4-7 0-0 0-1 8 4 0 1 0 0 4 21:46
Joshua Preston 5-6 2-2 2-2 14 5 2 2 0 1 4 26:10
Jack McDonald 2-16 1-7 5-6 10 3 11 5 0 2 3 31:51
Garrett Sneed 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 15:38
Mitch Mascari 8-14 3-7 2-2 21 5 0 2 0 2 3 31:51
Ben Johlie 2-3 1-2 0-0 5 0 0 2 0 0 2 16:31
Ben Johnson 2-4 0-0 0-0 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 13:14
Reilly Waldoch 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 2:50
Mark Riley 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0:09
Team Reb.-TO         3   0        
Totals 23-52 7-20 9-11 62 25 14 12 0 5 20 160
 
Rockford East Total FG 3-pt FG FT-FTA Pts. Reb. Ast. TO BLK STL F Min.
Chris Burnell 4-6 1-2 7-8 16 3 6 5 0 1 4 31:05
Andres Thompson 0-0 0-0 2-2 2 5 2 1 0 1 3 29:00
Sincere Parker 9-14 5-9 4-5 27 2 0 1 0 2 1 32:00
Sha’den Clanton 5-9 0-0 4-8 14 5 2 5 0 1 3 29:58
Makarious Luster 3-3 0-0 3-3 9 4 0 0 0 0 2 27:05
Damarian Dickens 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 10:52
Team Reb.-TO         0   0        
Totals 22-34 6-11 20-26 70 21 11 13 0 5 13 160
 
Score by quarter 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final   Game Notes G RE
Geneva 16 17 12 17 62   Points off TO 13 12
Rockford East 6 21 20 23 70   Largest lead 14 10

Posted on 03.13.19