No. 4 Parkland rallies to defeat Roadrunners 72-52

Published 9:01 am Sunday, November 26, 2023

DOWAGIAC — For one half Tuesday night, the host Southwestern Michigan College men’s basketball team gave No. 4-ranked Parkland College everything it had.

But a basket in the closing seconds of the first-half gave the Cobras a 33-30 lead at the intermission. Parkland then came out and outscored the Roadrunners 39-22 in the final 20 minutes to remain undefeated with a 72-52 victory.

Southwestern Michigan (4-3) played well in the first half despite not having starter RJ Davis Jr., who missed the game due to an injury he sustained against Olive-Harvey in the previous game.

After the Cobras (8-0) grabbed and early lead, the Roadrunners found their rhythm and took the lead, which it had for much of the opening 20 minutes before Parkland’s surge in the final two minutes.

Prince Adams (Evanston, Illinois) had a big game for SMC before fouling out late in the contest. Adams had a game-high 25 points and team-high nine rebounds. Nate Goins (Niles) added14 points, while Mari Nichols (Niles) finished with 11 points and five rebounds.

The Roadrunners did not shoot the ball particularly well in the contest as they were 19-of-63 (30.2 percent). Parkland shot 47.2 percent from the field (25-of-53, which included seven 3-pointers.

The two teams were deadlocked at 38 on the boards.

Isaac Mapson had 14 points and four rebounds to lead Parkland. Ken Salle had 13 points off the bench for the Cobras, while Grant Coleman finished with 10 points and five rebounds.

The game was chippy throughout with players and coaches jawing throughout. Both teams were assessed two technical fouls during the contest.

The Roadrunners are back on the court Wednesday night as they host Battle Ground Prep. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.