ROCKVILLE — Mikey Parker saved the best for last.
Parker, a Sandy Spring Friends School senior, scored a game-high 35 points on Saturday to lead the Wildebeests to a 74-64 victory over St. Anselm’s Abbey in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference championship game at Wootton High School.
“It meant a lot to win the game,” said Parker, a three-year starter at the Montgomery County private school who was also named MVP. “I didn’t know I had that many points during the game.”
During his senior campaign, Parker led the PVAC in scoring and registered a career-high 51-point game in December. His numbers throughout the season were astronomical to say the least.
“He’s one of the best recruits I’ve ever had and one of the best players I’ve ever had,” said Carl Parker, Mikey’s father and the Sandy Spring Friends School head coach. “It’s been one of the best experiences of my coaching career.”
The win marked the Wildebeests’ second PVAC championship in three years and helped the program secure their spot amongst the area’s elite private schools.
Sandy Spring Friends School finished the 2017-18 campaign at 26-6 overall including a 23-0 mark in the league.
“Sandy Spring Friends School is a special place,” added Carl Parker, who earned The Sentinel’s Coach of the Year honor two seasons ago, “and I couldn’t do it without the support of the administration and so forth.”
Cheick Toure and Brian Chisolm finished with 11 points each for the Wildebeests.
Toure, a junior, converted three treys in the third quarter for Sandy Spring Friends School.
“Cheick can shoot the ball,” said Carl Parker. “The three-pointers in the third quarter were huge for us.”
Chisolm, a sophomore, converted 5-of-8 field goals and registered four steals in the PVAC championship game.
“He’s an active, athletic guard,” said Parker. “He gets his hands on so many things and he is the key to our defense.”
Mikey Parker said he’s had a great experience playing for his father the past three seasons and wouldn’t trade it for the world.
“For me it’s been a learning experience,” he said. “It’s helped me become a better man and basketball player.”