Parkview Baptist boys basketball coach Brandon White has seen enough of the shooting prowess of Oddyst Walker in practice to expect similar results in a game.
Walker didn’t disappoint.
Walker knocked down a pair of critical 3-pointers, the first to end the third quarter to give his team the lead and again with 1:12 remaining with the score tied — lifting Parkview Baptist to a 69-62 victory Tuesday over Christian Life.
Parkview Baptist (9-3) will face Catholic High (12-3), a 45-32 winner over St. Michael the Archangel, in Wednesday’s championship game of the Red Stick Sports Holiday Classic at Parkview.
“He’s been working hard every day,” White said of Walker. “It’s a shot he knocks down all the time in practice. He just knocked them down.”
PARKVIEW BAPTIST 69, CHRISTIAN LIFE 62: The Eagles spent the better part of 25 minutes trailing the previously undefeated Crusaders (12-1) until Walker’s 3-pointer with two seconds left capped a 12-5 surge for a 49-48 lead.
The fourth quarter featured five lead changes and three ties over the last three minutes when Walker answered a 3-pointer from CLA’s Marquis Webb with one of his own — delivering the go-ahead trey with 1:12 left.
Parkview, which shot 58.3 percent in the second half, finished on a 7-0 run that included 4-of-6 free throw shooting.
Tyler Williamson scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half to spark the Eagles, while Griffin Tiede had 14 and Walker added 11.
Ludovic Kader’s 20, Webb’s 13 and Jacob Kibodi’s 12 topped CLA, which led 43-35 on a free throw from Webb at the 3:34 mark of the third quarter.
CATHOLIC 45, ST. MICHAEL 32: The Bears rode the crest of a 17-4 first-quarter spurt before the Warriors (8-6) made things interesting with a couple of runs after halftime and early in the fourth quarter.
Catholic made 7 of its first 8 shots, including a trio of 3-pointers from three different players. They opened a 21-4 advantage less than two minutes into the second quarter on Ethan Treigle’s 3-pointer and Demarcus Shepherd’s free throw.
“We started really well,” Catholic coach Mark Cascio said. “We got some great shots and finished them. Any time we play St. Michael, it’s going to be a war, so you always want to capitalize on easy looks that you get.”
St. Michael overcame 25 percent first-half shooting and a 25-12 halftime deficit to close to within 25-19, courtesy of a 7-0 run that Evan Ragusa finished with his third putback of the game.
Guard Toliver Freeman sparked an 8-0 surge from Catholic with five of his seven points in the run that included a reverse layup from Austin Lachney with 3:17 showing.
The Bears, who shot 55 percent overall, closed the third quarter on a 14-4 run for a 39-23 lead when Jacoby Carter’s putback at the buzzer accounted for his team-high 11 points.