Skyline not thrilled with effort in 59-51 win over Newport

December 20, 2011

By Christopher Huber

Hunter Cikatz (23), Skyline High School sophomore guard, goes up for a shot as Calvin Throckmorton, Newport High School freshman center, defends during the third quarter Dec. 16. By Christopher Huber

Will Parker has career night, but feels he could have done more

It didn’t matter to Skyline High School guard Will Parker that he had scored a career-high 25 points Dec. 16. He knew it was mostly Newport’s mistakes that allowed his Spartans to win and for him to get so many scoring opportunities.

He was happy about helping his team win, but focused on what Skyline will have to work on over the winter break if it wants to succeed against KingCo Conference 4A competition this season.

Parker scored 18 second-half points — 10 from the free-throw line — to lead Skyline to a 59-51 victory over the visiting Newport Knights. The Spartans improved to 2-0 in KingCo play and 4-0 overall. Newport fell to 2-2 in KingCo and 2-4 overall.

“I could’ve played better than I did,” Parker said. “We didn’t come out strong. We got lazy with the ball.”

Newport led 17-10 after a slow first quarter for Skyline. But the Spartans narrowed the margin in the second quarter to make it 28-26 Newport at halftime. Sophomore guard Hunter Cikatz hit two 3-pointers for Skyline and his older brother, Bryan Cikatz, scored his seven points all in the first half. Hunter finished with nine.

Newport relied on 13 points from sophomore guard Will Ferris, who drained three 3-pointers, and junior forward Isaac Dotson, who scored eight in the first half and went four-for-four from the free-throw line.

Both teams got out to a slow third-quarter start and didn’t really recover.

While Skyline had a tough time composing itself on offense, so did Newport. Skyline’s defense held relatively strong down low and forced the Knights to take hasty and off-balance shots. Newport scored just six points in the third quarter, to Skyline’s 15.

The Knights made 10 of 12 free-throw attempts in all. But Skyline hit 12 of 23 in just the second half, with Parker sinking 10 of his 15 second-half attempts from the free-throw line.

Skyline J. Jay Davis wasn’t excited about his team’s play, whether Parker had a career-high night or not.

“We had very little to do with it,” Davis said regarding Newport’s poor performance after the game. “They had every shot they wanted.”

He highlighted the Spartans’ lack of focus on offense, which led to sloppy ball movement and missed scoring opportunities. He alluded to Skyline relying too much on Newport’s mistakes, as well as an inflated ego from a lop-sided victory Dec. 15 against a visiting team from Australia.

“They had no capacity to focus on the things at hand,” Davis said. “They’ve got a rude awakening if they think this is how they can play.”

The amount of “free-throws was a snapshot of where their focus was,” he added.

Skyline heads to Palm Springs where it will face Harvard-Westlake (Los Angeles) Dec. 27, Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) Dec. 28, and Bishop Manogue (Reno, Nev.) Dec. 29.

Skyline wins KingCo opener

Skyline won its KingCo opener Dec. 13 by defeating host Redmond, 58-44.

The Spartans broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter by outscoring Redmond, 16-8.

Senior forward Lucas Shannon, of Skyline, led all players with 19 points. Parker added 16 points and Nick Kassuba had 15 for the Spartans.

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