ROCKFORD — The Parkway Panthers came into Friday night’s matchup with the Graham Falcons looking to pick up a piece of hardware as the Panthers and Falcons battled for the championship trophy for the Chatt Insurance Holiday Tournament at Parkway High School. The Falcons used big third period to separate from the Panthers and pick up the 51-33 victory in the championship game.

Parkway had an early 3-2 lead after Mason Baxter knocked down a 3-pointer in the first period. Graham got a put-back basket from Matt Flora to take a 7-5 lead after the first quarter.

Logan Huff tied the game up at 7-7 in the second quarter with a layup before back-to-back buckets from Tyler Powell brought the score to 11-7, Falcons.

Baxter converted an old fashioned 3-point play to cut the Parkway deficit to 13-12 midway through the second period, but Graham answered the Baxter bucket with a 3-pointer from Flora and a runner from Andy Milligan. The Falcons took a 20-15 advantage into the second half as a Chase Adams layup was the final points of the second quarter.

The third quarter is where the game got away from Parkway. Graham held the Panthers scoreless until the 3:38 mark of the third quarter. The Falcons got four straight points from Matt Goddard to help Graham take a 26-15 lead.

Preston Stober and Caleb Kinney scored the only two baskets of the quarter for Parkway, but a thunderous dunk from Goddard helped Graham keep the momentum in its favor. Two made foul shots from Powell helped end the third period and give the Falcons a 32-19 lead.

A 3-point play from Powell in the fourth period forced a timeout from Parkway at the 6:43 mark of the final quarter, 35-20 Graham. The Panthers next seven points were scored by Kinney, including a 3-point play, but Parkway couldn’t put a dent in the Falcons’ lead as Graham had a 42-27 lead.

The Falcons scored the next nine points, including six points from Goddard, who was named the tournament MVP.

Parkway closed the final points of the game as Eli Rich nailed a corner 3-pointer and Baxter added a layup.

“Yeah I don’t think we did a real good job of execution. I’m not sure in any of our losses I think it has as much to do with our offense and much as it has to do with our defense. We are just really struggling to guard,” said Parkway basketball coach Doug Hughes.

Three other players from this game were included in the all-tournament team: Mason Baxter, Caleb Kinney and Tyler Powell.

The Falcons improve to 4-5 on the year and Parkway drops to 5-4 on the season.



Tristen Henry 0-1 0-0 0, Tyler Powell 5-8 5-5 15, Chase Adams 2-4 2-4 6, Brevan King 0-3 0-0 0, Matt Goddard 7-10 5-7 19, Matt Flora 2-4 2-2 7, Kevin Miller 1-3 0-0 2, Andy Milligan 1-1 0-0 2, Total 18-34, 14-18 51


Mason Baxter 4-12 1-2 11, Logan Huff 1-7 1-2 3, Jack Wehe 0-4 0-0 0, Preston Stober 2-9 0-0 4, Nick Hawk 1-1 0-0 2, Dylan Hughes 0-1 0-2 0, Corey Walls 0-1 0-0 0, Caleb Kinney 3-6 4-5 10, Eli Rich 1-1 0-0 3, Total: 12-41 6-11 33

G 5 15 12 19 51

P 7 8 4 14 33

3-Pointers: Graham 1-3 (Flora), Parkway 3-20 (Baxter 2, Rich), Rebounds: Graham 24 (Goddard 11), Parkway 24 (Huff 7), Assists: Graham 5 (Powell 3), Parkway 6 (Stober 3), Turnovers: Graham 8, Parkway 12 Fouls: Graham 14, Parkway 16,