Parr sinks Indians with late bucket in Anna-Jonesboro's win over Du Quoin

Josh Heape (right) had 17 points at Anna-Jonesboro on Friday. (David Hill photo)

By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com

January 6, 2018

  (Anna, Ill.) - Du Quoin trailed by as many as seven points, led by as many as eight, but in the end couldn't get a win at Anna-Jonesboro on Friday night, as an off-balance three pointer at the buzzer was off the mark and the Wildcats came away with a 60-58 win over the Indians in an SIRR Mississippi Division matchup.
  Jake Parr, who led A-J with 24 points, scored the winning bucket with 5.5 seconds left on the clock on a baseline drive and layup over a pair of Indian defenders.
  "Everybody knew where the ball was going, but he got there and made the play," said DHS head coach Justin Barrington. "Tip your hat to the kid, he did what the wanted him to do. They're a senior-laden ball club, and they made senior plays at the end. You give them credit, and we'll see them again here in about three weeks at our place."
  The Indians hit four three-pointers in the opening quarter - two from Josh Heape, one apiece from Lamontay Daughtery and Will Woodside - and led by three heading to the second.
  Daughtery and Braeden Pursell both picked up early second fouls, however, and were sent to the bench for the majority of the second period. Without them, Du Quoin allowed A-J to grab the lead, with Wildcats Jacob Zimmerman and Noah Smith hitting threes to build a seven-point advantage. Daughtery returned for the final minute of the half and hit a layup to help DHS cut the lead to 32-27 at the break.

  Down by three after another triple by Zimmerman, the Indians responded with their best stretch of basketball for the night. Two Hank Stewart free throws started an 11-0 Du Quoin run that was capped off by Heape's steal and fast-break layup that resulted in a three-point play and a 43-35 lead for the Indians.
  A-J clawed back to within two at the end of the period, setting the stage for a back-and-forth, tightly-contested fourth quarter. After three ties and five lead changes, it all came down to the final 19 seconds of action.
  With the score knotted at 58-58, Du Quoin had the ball and appeared to be holding for the final shot when a five-second closely guarded whistle gave possession back to the Wildcats. Barrington was calling for timeout before the whistle, but none of the officials saw or heard it, and as a result it was not granted.
  Following a timeout, the Wildcats ran a set play after inbounding with 10 seconds to go and found Parr for the go-ahead bucket. Du Quoin called timeout with 5.5 seconds to go to set up their final attempt at a tie or a win, but neither their primary nor secondary option got open, forcing a desperation three by Ashton Smith that didn't find the net.
  "They took away our first option, and that was what we got out of it," Barrington said. "The secondary option didn't materialize, but we had a look at the rim, and in that situation you've got to at least get a look."
  "(The five-second call) was a tough call with 19 seconds left in the game. We didn't execute at the end of the third quarter, we didn't execute at the end of the fourth quarter the way we wanted to. We lost (Zimmerman) three times in transition on situations where we had no reason to lose him, and he hit three threes. We talked about what he was, a catch and shoot guy, those are the kind of points that come back to get you."
  Daughtery led Du Quoin with 21 points, Heape had 17, Pursell 9, Smith 5, Will Woodside 4 and Stewart 3. Parr had 24 points to lead Anna-Jonesboro. 
  The Indians were still without the services of their top defender, Shamar Adams, who would have seen a lot of time guarding Parr.
  "Ashton and Will made him work for every single point, every single shot he got," Barrington said. "(Having Shamar Adams) would have made them a little more fresh, having another body to rotate on him."
  "There were three or four times he hit shots with a hand in his face. You have to tip your hat to him. He's averaging 24 points a game because he can put the ball in the hoop. We made him work for it, and at the end of the day, I can't fault anything we did one way or another. They just had that one true last possession that we didn't have, and in a game like that with two teams pretty evenly matched, the last possession is often the one that wins it."
  The Indians (7-8, 2-2) return to action on Tuesday at Hamilton County.

(Photos by David Hill)

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