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Nick Kocik ignites Eagles' fast start

What Parkway Christian's Nick Kocik started, teammate Dylan Thompson ended Monday night in the Eagles' Michigan Independent Athletic Conference Red Division basketball contest against visiting Lutheran South.

Kocik opened the game with a 3-pointer and Thompson ended the game with a jumper. In between those two players, the other eight Eagle players also had at least one basket as Parkway rolled to a 78-46 win over the Saints.

"When you put up that many points, it's nice to get everybody in the book," Parkway coach Matt Wiegle said. "Everybody contributed tonight, which was nice to see."

Kocik ignited a first-half Eagle explosion, scoring 15 points by draining five 3-pointers in the first quarter, leading the Eagles to a 27-9 lead after one period.

"Nick's been stroking the ball better for us lately," Wiegle said. "He's finally getting when he should shoot the ball and shooting it in the flow of the game as opposed to jacking it up whenever. That's the senior leadership we need from him."

Parkway didn't let up in the second quarter, outscoring Lutheran South 23-10 in the period, pushing its lead to 50-19 at halftime. Nathan Schick had eight of his 14 first-half points in the quarter, while Ryan Stewart added seven in the second quarter.

"We came out and shot well in the first half, shooting 67 percent from beyond the arch," said Wiegle, whose team made 10 triples in the first half. "It was a good pick-me-up game."

Lutheran South coach Gordy Gorham complimented Parkway for their first-half outburst, but added that he liked his team's effort, especially defensively, in the second half.

"They kind of put a whooping on us in the first half," Gorham said. "At least we held them to 28 points in the second half. I don't know what it is about our team, but it seems like we're always a second-half team. It's confusing to me."

Entering the second half with a comfortable lead, Wiegle made sure all his players saw ample playing time in the final 16 minutes. Everyone had scored for Parkway except Thompson with under two minutes left to play.

Thompson finally joined his teammates in the scorebook when he swished a 14-foot jumper from the left wing with 1:21 remaining.

"We kind of let up there in the second half a bit, but South changed defenses and got us out of rhythm a little bit," Wiegle said. "When we get into a good flow like (the first half), we're tough to beat. Some nights we have it, and some nights we don't. March is right around the corner and that's where we want to be at come March."

Schick led the Eagles with 19 points, four steals, two assists and two rebounds, while Kocik finished with 15 points, three assists and two steals. Stewart chipped in 13 points, four assists and three steals. Caleb Shumake and Derek Dudek each finished with eight points, while Charles Mitchell contributed 12 rebounds and four steals. The win improved Parkway's record to 3-7 overall, 3-2 league.

"This is one we had to have," Wiegle said. "We had a tough game on Friday night (57-52 win over Baptist Park) and after a couple days of rest, it was good to get them back our running up and down the floor."

Lutheran South was paced by Connor Carr with 17 points, while Michael Roebke added 15 points, and Jared Cullen finished with nine points.

"Michael's a really good player," Gorham said. "He's 100 percent Johnny Hustle. I wish I had a whole team of him."

The loss dropped the Saints' record to 1-8 overall, 1-5 league.

Last Updated: 2/3/2014 10:25:17 PM EST

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