BRISTOL – Bristol Eastern’s Elijah Parent dropped his name in the long-storied rivalry between Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central on Monday, Feb. 18 in a big way.
He’s part of a talented class of sophomores and scored a career-high 23 points in the 123rd edition of the Bristol Central/Bristol Eastern battle, which wsa won by Eastern 57-51.
Over his final two games of the year, Parent dropped in 39 total points and showed fire, determination, smarts, and a willingness to win.
He also just missed two free throws all season long, hitting 38-of-40 for his career at Eastern for a 95-percent clip, which would make Larry Bird, Mark Price, and even former Norwalk great Calvin Murphy – all excellent free throw shooters – take notice.
Parent oozes basketball IQ as his mother and father, Bevin and D.J., both played varsity basketball for the programs at Bristol Eastern.
D.J.’s career-high for the Lancers was 20 points in an 84-33 blowout of Cheney Tech back in 1993 (notice that Elijah has already topped that mark with his 23-point showing against Central…).
The Parent family is known for its three-point shooting prowess as Bevin led her squad in three-point makes over his junior and senior campaigns, making 20 three-pointers overall and currently ranks 20th in program history in 3-pointers made.
DJ took as many threes as he legally could – canning 24 overall during a time when players weren’t hitting them at a record pace at BE.
Elijah already has 40 for his career with two more seasons to go.
And don’t let Parent’s 5-foot-7 frame fool you. When the young man takes the court or blasts around a ball on the soccer field, heads usually are going to roll.
Another one of those good student athletes, he’s the newest member of the “Lancers with Answers” podcast team – giving his insight on the Bristol Eastern sports world and beyond.
The Bristol Observer caught up with a jubilant Parent after his squad defeated Bristol Central last Monday and asked him all the tough questions:
Bristol Observer: You guys came out and played a little bit differently on the defensive end against Central. And the defensive effort was really outstanding, wasn’t it?
Elijah Parent: We worked hard on defense. [But] defense led to offense, you know? Our defense led to offense and it created energy. So it led to us scoring baskets.
Bristol Observer: Talk to me about your performance on offense because, boy, in that third quarter, you were simply on fire…
Elijah Parent: My teammates were just giving me the ball. They were giving me energy so I just had to shoot. I was feeling it I guess.
Bristol Observer: You look at the Conard game [when you scored a then career-high 16 points] and we all saw what you did in this game against Bristol Central. Do you feel a little more confidence in yourself and your team going into next season, seeing what you guys can do?
Elijah Parent: I’m very excited for next season although this season was fun but I was excited [ending] this season on a good note, winning this last game.
Bristol Observer: You know you missed a free throw tonight [against Central]…
Elijah Parent: I know…
Bristol Observer: You just made 29 free throws in a row. Tell me about that streak.
Elijah Parent: I was disappointed but I made the rest of them [at the end of the game against Central]. Free throws wins games.
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