There was a method to Parkview Baptist boys basketball coach Don Green’s nondistrict scheduling madness.
Despite a near brand-spanking new group, Green’s intent was to challenge his team at every turn to prepare them for the long haul beyond district play.
Two rounds into the Class 3A state playoffs the message is clear: Green’s approach has worked wonders after No. 23 Parkview Baptist dispatched its second higher seed — No. 7 Patterson — with a 59-42 regional victory at PBS Friday.
Parkview (17-12) advances to its first state quarterfinal in five years with another home date next Tuesday against No. 2 Richwood-Monroe, which eliminated Port Allen, 65-60.
“We lost a couple of games we didn’t expect, but the whole idea was to get to the playoffs any way possible,” said Green, whose team defeated No. 10 Westlake by 11 in first-round action. “When we met that goal we stopped and refocused and I just think when this team plays like it did tonight we can play with anybody.”
Junior center James Thompson was the catalyst for the Eagles. The 6-foot-8 Thomas recorded a double-double — 24 points, 11 rebounds in Parkview’s balanced scoring effort that also included 13 apiece from Reed Vial and Will Jones.
It was Vial who instrumental in helping Parkview gain separation from District 9-3A champion Patterson (17-7) midway through the third quarter.
With the Lumberjacks trying to double-team Thompson in the post Vial began heating up from the perimeter with a pair of 3-pointers within a 90-second span for a 31-24 lead with 5:15 showing in the third quarter.
“You leave him open and he’s going to make it,” Patterson coach Ryan Taylor said of Vial. “We knew going in not to leave him and we broke down two or three times and he hurt us and they stretched the lead.”
Parkview maintained a seven-point lead when a bank of lights over the court were knocked out by Friday’s thunder storm whih resulted in a 15-minute delay with 2:47 still remaining in the third period.
Thompson emerged out of the stoppage of play with seven straight points, including a three-point play with 1:50 showing, and capped the quarter with a put back of his own miss for a 41-29 cushion.
“It actually helped us because it gave us the opportunity to refocus on what was important and that was to play inside-out,” Green said of the delay. “We had gotten to the point where we wanted to go inside to James and have him to be able to kick it out and he got a couple of those looks and that was big for us.”
Parkview’s run reached 14-2 with seven straight points courtesy of three different plays finished by Austin Payne’s free throw to make it 48-31 with 6:23 to go.
The Eagles, who shot 50 percent in the second half, increased their lead to 51-33 just two minutes later on a thunderous slam from Thompson.
Compounding Patterson’s woes was Parkview’s effective combination of zone defenses — the latter 1-3-1 — which forced the Lumberjacks into 2 of 18 shooting in the fourth quarter and 24 percent for the game. Taylor was also assessed a technical foul in the game.
Mykel Jones and Taylan Grogan scored eight points each for Patterson, which was limited to its second lowest point total of the year.
“The effort was fantastic,” Green said. “We’ve had flashes of brilliance all throughout the season but we could never sustain it.
“Tonight was a great example of us sustaining some solid play and overall it had to be our best night.”