Parkview's stingy defense leads to victory

LILBURN - Realizing what was happening, a group of Parkview students began chanting 'Scoreless! Scoreless! Scoreless!'

The Panthers are in tonight's boys championship game of the Parkview Tip-Off Classic against South Cobb and they can thank their second-half defense for that.

Trailing 27-21 at halftime Monday night, Parkview outscored Decatur 13-0 in the third quarter and then ran off the first 11 points of the fourth to complete a 24-0 run en route to the 55-34 victory.

"You don't see that very often," Parkview coach Tim Watkins said of the shutout his team recorded over a 12-minute stretch.

San Quan Smith burned the Panthers for 17 points in the first half. But Parkview matched up on him out of a tight zone in the second half and in the process shut down Decatur completely.

"We really got after it," Watkins said. "Sometimes the best way to relax on offense and get going is to play great defense."

Yaw Gyawu, a 6-foot-6 senior headed to Colgate, scored 14 of his 22 points in the second half. Bobby Glover added 13 points for Parkview, ranked No. 10 in Class AAAAA.

South Cobb, which will play Parkview at 8 p.m. for the title, upset Riverdale 73-71 on a 3-pointer by Jordan Holliman at the overtime buzzer. Riverdale, ranked No. 8 in AAAA, had forced the extra session on Ishmael John's long 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"I'm speechless. I don't know what to say," South Cobb coach Daniel Bowles said.

South Cobb's Richard Conner was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 7.2 seconds left and went 2-for-3. The Eagles then fouled Riverdale's Dante Turnipseed, who missed both foul shots with 5.6 seconds left.

That gave South Cobb a last shot and Holliman didn't miss, connecting from the top of the key while surrounded by Riverdale players.

Conner led South Cobb's balanced attack with 18 points. The Eagles are no fluke, as shown by their narrow 84-82 loss to Meadowcreek, ranked No. 6 in AAAAA, during a scrimmage.

"They're unknown, but I have 10 seniors and we play hard," said Bowles, a Brookwood grad who played at LaGrange College. "We're not going to be easy for anyone to play."

SideBar: Basketball

What: Parkview Tip-Off Classic boys final

Who: Parkview vs. South Cobb

When: Today, 8 p.m.

Where: Parkview High School