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It was a check engine game for Simeon Friday night against Harlan as the Wolverines tuned up for Saturday's much anticipated matchup against Young. The test run went smoothly, as Simeon cruised to a 73-54 win over the Falcons in Red South action.
Jabari Parker, looking more and more like the Jabari of old, led the Wolverines (17-3, 9-0) with 27 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Parker went 11-for-11 on the free throw line and scored ten points on five offensive tip dunks. Kendrick Nunn backed up Parker with 17 points, Russell Woods scored 12 and Reggie Norris had 11 off the bench.
Simeon used a 9-2 run at the end of the second quarter to seize control of the game for good, turning a 28-22 lead into a 37-24 margin at halftime. Harlan (6-12, 2-3) never got any closer than 13 points for the remainder of the game.
During halftime, the Simeon seniors were honored and each received a framed action shot picture of themselves. Simeon then retired two numbers officially: Parker's 22 and Nunn's 20. Parker and Nunn join Ben Wilson, Bobby Simmons, and Derrick Rose as fellow Wolverines with retired numbers.
Nunn's father, Melvin who also wore number 20, joked with his son about a job well done getting their numbers retired. Nunn was completely caught off guard. "I wasn't expecting this," said Nunn. "It is a great honor and something I will never forget."
Parker said having his number retired is a great honor, but he and Nunn still have work to do. "If Kendrick and I want to be remembered as two of the greatest players that have ever played at Simeon, we have to finish this year," said Parker. "A lot of hard work and dedication has gone into this and we want to finish strong."
Assistant coach Leonard Thomas said he was pleased with the team's performance. "I was impressed with the way we played defensively," said Thomas. "Except for a few lapses, we were solid there also."
Harlan had three players in double figures: Torian Pearson with 16 points, Perry Williams with 12 and Aquanis Connor with 10.
Coach Irv Bryant said Parker was the difference. "I was very pleased with our effort and intensity, but they have Jabari Parker and he is a pro."