Nov 17, 2014
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Salesian alum Jeffery Parker was blazing in the first two games of the season for Western Washington University (WWU), scoring a total of 43 points, including a whopping 18 points in the first 13 minutes of the first game against Notre Dame de Namur University.

The Vikings defeated Notre Dame de Namur 78-52 on Friday and Hawaii Hilo 84-73 on Saturday at the 13th Chuck Randall Men’s Basketball Classic, which WWU hosted.

Parker, a forward, earned the tournament MVP honor after leading his teams in points in both games.

Parker went 5-of-6 from the field in the first half of the season opener against Notre Dame.  At one point, WWU led 40-13 in the first half and never looked back. Against Hawaii Hilo, Parker led four Vikings in double figures with 22 points and also had a game-high 11 rebounds.

“I think we had a really good start this season,” Parker said in a post-game interview (see video). “This year I’m coming in with a real aggressive mindset to get to the rim, as well as crash the offensive boards. That’s something I really lacked last year and am pushing to do better this year.”

Parker said he also worked to improve his defensive game this summer.

 WWU, ranked No.11 in the NABC/NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25, was without guards Jaamon Echols (Jr., Seattle/Rainier Beach) and Ricardo Maxwell (Jr., Cincinnati, OH/Withrow), who were serving a two-game suspension for violating NCAA regulations for improperly playing in a tournament last spring.

WWU next travels to Puerto Rico to play PR-Bayaman on Tuesday and PR-Rio Piedros on Wednesday.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.