Weary Patriots Hold On to Defeat MICDS

Parkway South defeated the Rams 57-51 Thursday at the Coaches Vs. Cancer Shootout at Scottrade Center.

The Parkway South boys basketball team had a seven-game winning streak snapped Wednesday night as the Patriots fell to De Smet 62-46.

The Patriots were right back on the court Thursday morning and made sure the losing streak would be stopped at one.

MICDS scored the first basket of the game but never led the rest of the way falling to the Patriots 57-51 at the Coaches Vs. Cancer High School Shootout at the Scottrade Center.

"I am a little tired right now," said Charlie Bakula, who scored 13 of his game high 16 points in the first half. "I played a game last month at the Family Arena and it was not my best game so it was nice to come here at a big arena and play better."

MICDS looked like the tired team in the first half as the Rams managed just five field goals and trailed 28-17 at halftime.

"We were lethargic in the first half and they were able to dictate things," Rams coach Matt Hixenbaugh said. "We played with a lot more energy in the second half and were able to dictate tempo with our pressure. But when you dig a hole like we did in the first half you have to play perfect ball against a good team and we were far from that."

The Rams played with more energy but still managed only three field goals in the third quarter.

Parkway South was able to extend its lead to 13 points late in the game before a late MICDS rally cut the lead to five points.

"It was an honor to be called back three years in a row to play this game," MICDS senior Thomas Militello said. "We played for a great cause and had great support."

Militello had 13 points to lead the Rams, who had a six-game winning streak of their own broken in a loss against Westminster Christian Friday. Rashad Lindsey added 11 but was only 2-for-9 from the field.

"Rashad is a great player, especially for a sophomore," Parkway South's Sam Jaouni said. "My piece of the puzzle today was to guard him for 32 minutes."

Bakula had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Patriots, who improved to 13-5. Mark Waller and Jeremy Verges added 12 each for Parkway South, which has its third game in as many days Friday.


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