The Memorial Sea-Hawks didn’t have an answer Sunday for Lorenzo Parker.
The fourth-year UPEI Panthers guard went for a team-high 28 points in a 115-85 win in Atlantic University Sport men’s basketball action in Charlottetown.
Parker, who celebrated his 22nd birthday Sunday, got hot late in the second quarter. It was a 10-point Panthers lead with 3:10 to play when Parker hit his first shot. He would add 11 of the Panthers next 13 points as the Panthers lead grew to 17 at the half.
Parker missed three games in January due to a strained Achilles tendon and calf. He said he’s starting to feel 100 per cent again.
“It feels good to have confidence out there now,” he said. “It helps a lot.”
His second quarter run included hitting a three-point shot while being fouled. He completed the four-point play at the free-throw line for the first time in his career.
“I didn't want to miss the free throw, so I was really putting a lot of pressure on myself,” he said.
The Panthers held quarter leads of 26-20, 59-42 and 93-59 en route to the lopsided win to complete the weekend sweep. The victories came after losing four of their last five contests.
“We’re getting back to where we want to get to,” head coach Tim Kendrick said. “We just have to keep moving forward.”
He credited his players getting healthier for enabling them to practice as a unit most of the week for the success. The team also implemented a new defensive scheme, which saw them play a mix of man and zone depending on where the ball was.
“I think it really frustrated Memorial,” Kendrick said.
The Sea-Hawks were missing one of its key players in Caleb Gould on Sunday.
Kendrick said while he doesn’t want to see players hurt, no one felt sorry for them in recent weeks when his guys weren’t playing or not playing at 100 per cent.
The Panthers won 97-87 on Saturday behind Tyler Scott’s 27 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.
UPEI improved to 12-6 and gained four points in the standings with Sunday’s win. They are tied with Dalhousie for first place, but the Tigers have played one fewer game than the Panthers. The teams play Saturday at 8 p.m. in Halifax. The Tigers defeated the Panthers 79-78 on Jan. 23 in Charlottetown.
Dalhousie plays at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday. Memorial (6-12) is in seventh place in the eight-team conference.
A look at Sunday’s Atlantic University Sport men’s basketball game between the UPEI Panthers and the Memorial Sea-Hawks.
Memorial – 85.
UPEI – 115.
Score by quarters
Memorial – 20 22 17 26
UPEI – 26 33 34 22
Memorial – Noel Moffatt 29 and Vasilije Curcic 16.
UPEI – Lorenzo Parker 28, Tyler Scott 21 and Brad States 16.
Memorial – Moffatt 10 and Curcic 7.
UPEI – Scott 16.
Memorial – Davion Parnsalu 7.
UPEI – Scott and Jake Kendrick 5.
Memorial – 41.2 (35-for-85).
UPEI – 56 (42-for-75).
Memorial – 25.7 (9-for-35).
UPEI – 50 (13-for-26).
Memorial – 66.7 (6-for-9).
UPEI – 58.1 (18-for-31).
Largest lead – 39 by UPEI, 37 seconds into the fourth quarter.