Updated Thu, Feb 16, 2012 4:48 pm
The Federal Hocking Lancers have something that many teams in the Tri-Valley Conference don’t have: a star point guard in Shawn Parsons.
There are many ways to gauge a player’s worth. With Parsons, it’s about speed and consistency. He has a lot to do with the Lancers’ current winning streak. It all started at Morgan, Feb. 4 when the Lancers dominated their opponent with a 74-55 win. Next, the Waterford Wildcats ventured to Fed Hock where the Lancers won convincingly with another double-digit win, 61-49. But, those weren’t the only double-digit numbers that night. Parsons shot the lights out, ending the game with 22 points on 6-11 shooting from beyond the arc. He was the catalyst for the Lancers’ offense throughout the night knocking down big shot after big shot to keep the Wildcats at bay.
“We just wanted it tonight”, said Parsons in regards to the win against the Wildcats. “We really wanted to get some momentum going tonight and get some games under our belts so that way we are ready for the tournament,” added Parsons.
Momentum is definitely something Parsons has been creating for his team. It’s obvious that he is a natural leader and his passion for the game makes him a fun player to watch and easy to cheer for. Throughout the game against the Wildcats, Parsons played with toughness and physicality with his tenacious defense and hustle. He was instrumental in the Lancers’ offense as well. During the first half the Lancers started to steadily increase their lead after Parsons’ three point success and ended the first half leading 21-19. The Lancers held the Wildcats to only four field goals as a team during that half. In the second half, Parsons’ continued to play a crucial role, putting the Wildcats away by knocking down shots while doing an outstanding job of staying in control and running the offense. He knew exactly where is teammates were at all times and delivered them the ball in the right spot, at the right time. He made his teammates better by putting them in position to score. That's the sign of a true point guard.
Parsons looks to lead the 5-seeded Lancers to playoff success when they take on Southeastern in the first round on February 24.