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#14 Parkland Men hang on for win over Olivet Nazarene JV
In their final tune-up before the Midwest Athletic Conference (M-WAC) season begins, the #14 Parkland Men's Basketball team was pushed to the limit but held on for a 79-78 win at Olivet Nazarene. The victory was the Cobras eight straight as they improved to (14-3) on the season.

The Cobras jumped out to a 43-33 halftime lead as they hit 9-14 shots from three-point range.  The second half was unfortunately all Tigers as they used a 12-4 run to start the second half to cut the PC lead to 47-45.  At that point, the Cobras were sparked by some fine defensive play by Chelby Frazier which resulted in a dunk by Cornelius McIntosh and a three by Frazier as PC eventually pushed their lead back to as many as 13.

That lead was also short lived as Olivet would nibble away and eventually cut the margin to two again and were at the line with a chance to tie. Olivet would make just 1 of the 2 free throws and after fouling the Cobras three times, they sent Parkland to the line. The Cobras missed the free throw and Olivet called time out with 6.1 seconds left to set up the final shot with a chance to win the game.  Fortunately for the Cobras, Olivet's contested 19-footer fell just short as time expired.

Parkland won the game by shooting 53% for the game including 14-25 from behind the arc. Grant Gibson returned from an injury to lead PC with 19 points as he drained five three's  Courtez Dixon added 13 points while Cornelius McIntosh added 12 points and 4 boards.  Chelby Frazier came off the bench to add 7 points, 3 assists, and a steal.

Parkland will be off until Saturday January 28 when they will open M-WAC play with a 3:00 game at Lincoln College. 
Parkland Women rout Greenville JV
A 32-9 run in the second quarter is all the #13 Parkland Women’s Basketball team would need as they rolled over the Greenville JV 85-40 on Thursday night in Champaign.  Kyra Washington came off the bench to score 8 points in the quarter while Layne Buzan added 9 as PC took a 31 point lead into intermission.
The Cobras led 19-11 after the opening ten minutes before pulling away to a 51-20 halftime lead.
It was more of the same in the second half as PC substituted freely and outscored the Tigers 34-20 after the break.  Avery Hamm led the way for PC with 16 points and also grabbed 8 rebounds. Layne Buzan scored 15 points and added 6 rebounds, Kyra Washington added 14, and Karlee Ziliak also finished in double figures with 10 points.   Parkland dished out 24 assists on the night as Ryan Dooley had five and Megan Jackson and Payton Bieber each had four.   The Cobras also had 17 steals with Ziliak, Charity Godbold, and Reaghan Vaughn each picking up three.
Parkland shot 55% in the first half including 7-13 from behind the arc and finished at 51% for the game. PC (12-4) also out rebounded the visitors 35-26.  After three victories in the last four days, Parkland will be off until January 25 when they travel to Bloomington to play the Illinois Wesleyan JV.

Cobra Women pick up road win in Chicago
A day after knocking off #4 Kankakee, the #14 Parkland Women's team went on the road to Chicago to take on Malcolm X College and came away with a 76-53 victory. 

Despite playing without injured guard Kerstyn Lowery, PC outscored the Hawks in every quarter as they cruised to the win. Avery Hamm led the way with 17 points as she knocked down a team high five three pointers. Hamm also grabbed 7 rebounds on the night. Layne Buzan added 14 points and 8 boards while Charity Godbold and Krya Washington each tossed in 11. Ryan Dooley had 8 assists and 7 rebounds while filling in for Lowery. Megan Jackson also added 7 assists and the Cobras controlled the battle of the boards 51-36.

The win moves Parkland to (11-4) on the season and they will play their game in four days this Thursday when they host the Greenville College JV starting at 5:30 in Champaign. 

#14 Parkland Women stun #4 Kankakee
Layne Buzan scored 21 of her game high 25 points in the second half, to help the #14 Parkland Women’s Basketball team upset #4 Kankakee 71-66 in non-conference action.  The win avenged an 86-79 loss to KCC at the Lake Land Classic on December 30.
After a tightly played first quarter that saw the Cavs lead 20-18 after the opening 10 minutes,  KCC would go on an 8-2 lead to take a 28-22 lead.  PC would rally and cut the deficit to just 34-31 at the break. Buzan would catch fire in the 3rd as she scored 14 of the Cobras 20 points in the quarter. Her three point basket and three made free throws after being fouled on another three, gave PC a 49-46 lead with 2:40 left in the period.  The Cavaliers ended the third period and started the final ten minutes on a 9-0 run to turn a five point deficit into a 55-51 lead with 7:35 remaining.
Still down 59-56 with just over 4 minutes left, Payton Bieber made a lay-up and Buzan hit two free throws to give PC a 60-59 lead with just 3:33 to go. Tanzania Sherrill’s three point play gave KCC the lead but PC would finally take the lead for good when Avery Hamm hit a pair of free throws to make it 65-64 with 2:18 left.  Karlee Ziliak made two more free throws to extend the lead to three and after the two teams traded missed opportunities, Kerstyn Lowery was fouled and a subsequent technical foul on Sherrill gave PC four free throws and PC made them all to give them a 71-64 lead with just six seconds remaining.
Buzan led all scorers with 25 points as she went 8-11 from the field and made 7-7 from the line. Karlee Ziliak added 13 points, chased down 6 rebounds, and handed out 5 assists while Lowery added 10 points.  Payton Bieber just missed a double-double with 9 points and 10 rebounds while Avery Hamm also tossed in 9.  KCC had four players in double figures with Sherrill leading the way with 14 points and Jasmine Albert adding 13.   PC won shooting 40% from the field but made 16-19 from the line. Kankakee shot just 33% for the game and made just 9-16 from the charity stripe.
The Cobras (10-4) are right back at it on Tuesday as they travel to Chicago to take on Malcolm X College (3-15) starting at 5:00.  Kankakee saw their seven game winning streak come to an end as they dropped to (17-2).

Second half run keys #10 Cobra Men to win over rival Rend Lake
The #10 Parkland Men used a 27-8 run over the final 10 minutes Monday as they pulled away from Region 24 rival Rend Lake for a 77-69 win. The victory moves the #10 Cobras to 12-4 and 1-1 in Region play while Rend Lake falls to 10-5 and 7-3.
PC jumped out to an early 6-0 lead only to see the Warriors quickly take control, eventually grabbing the lead and taking a 40-31 lead into intermission. The Cobras shot a frigid 33% in the first half including just 1-12 from behind the arc while Rend Lake shot 51% and made 5 of 9 from three-point range.
The first ten minutes of the second half was more of the same as Rend Lake used a 7-0 run to take a 61-50 lead with just 10:29 left on the clock. From that point the Cobras caught fire as Terrion Howard hit back to back three’s and after a pair of Warrior free throws, Cornelius McIntosh would knock down back to back trey’s of his own to give PC their first lead of the second half at 65-64 with 6:39 remaining.  Jarret Olson would convert an old fashioned three point play and Howard would knock down another three to push the PC lead to 71-64 with 4:49 to go.  Rend Lake would get within three but McIntosh drained another three to make it 74-67 with 3:07 left and they would get no closer.   The Cobras hit 7-12 three’s in the second half and made 11 free throws to seal the victory.
McIntosh led PC with 20 points including 11-13 at the line and also grabbed 8 boards.  Chelby Frazier added 13 points and 5 rebounds while Howard finished with 11 points, all in the second half.  Luke Beesley had a strong over-all game as he had 10 points, grabbed 6 boards, and also dished out 6 assists.  Anton Ivy led the Warriors with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The victory avenges a 96-95 overtime loss to Rend Lake earlier this season.
Parkland will return to action this Friday when they travel north to take on the Olivet Nazarene JV.

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