By Clyde Travis
Simeon coach Robert Smith played a game within a game.By doing so, his No. 1 Wolverines cruised to an 81-59 win over Red-South foe Harlan Friday night, capping a perfect conference record (20-1, 9-0).Smith challenged his teams work ethic and focus and waited to see how they would respond. He was not disappointedas the Wolverines, led by junior swingman Jabari Parker, erased any hopes for Harlan.Before the Falcons could blink they were down by 21 points in the first quarter and were held to one field goal of their own.Parker scored 10 of his game high 26 points in the first quarter and had 15 at half. Kendrick Nunn (15 points) scored three quick baskets in the second quarter as Simeon kept it going while building a 47-22 margin by halftime.The starters played until the first dead ball in the final quarter before the reserves took over.The Wolverines held a strong rebounding edge, outrebounding their opponents 41-24 and blocking 12 shots.Steve Taylor had 20 points and 12 boards and Parker also had nine boards.This was huge for us with so much attention been given to Bogan, said Smith. I wanted to make sure we maintained our focus and we did.Smith said the team showed him something and a healthy Jalani Neely has a lot to do with it.Reggie Norris and Jaylon Tate have been great and done everything we asked them to do, said Smith. But Jaleni is a senior been with the program four years and he just knows.Deonte Johnson led the Falcons with 19 points Torian Pearson followed up with 13.Assistant coach Cantrell Davis who is taking over for head coach Ervin Bryant, who is still recovering from by past surgery just four weeks ago said his team did not respond the the way he thought they would.We got intimidated right from the start, said Davis. They played the names on the shirt instead of who was in them.