"Parker does a lot of things that you don't have to draw up plays for," Lowe said. "He's a pleasure to have because he's a leader out there and he's like having a coach on the floor."
Van Dyke, a 6-foot-3 point guard, scored a game-high 29 points against the Spartans. With the game close down the stretch, Van Dyke dropped in the last 11 points for East. He drove the lane. He got to the free-throw line. He went into full takeover mode.
"I just wanted to try and make something happen," Van Dyke said. "Our perimeter game wasn't working and I thought that by going to the basket and forcing the action things would kind of go our way a little bit."
Van Dyke added four rebounds and three assists while playing all 32 minutes. Mitch Grant, who scored 10 points, was the only other Leopard to score in double-digits. But Van Dyke was supported by great perimeter shooting. East knocked home 10 3-pointers.
Murray hung tough. A 12-0 run closed a double-digit deficit to just a single point with four minutes remaining. Nate Aland, a 6-10 senior, scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Freshman guard AJ Hodges dropped in 15 points to go with three steals and three assists.