York High basketball standout Tavon Parker will be tuned into ESPN2 at 7 Tuesday night when Mount St. Mary's takes on Long Island-Brooklyn in the championship game of the Northeast Conference.
Parker's brother, Kelvin, plays for Mount St. Mary's (18-13), which will enter the title contest riding a nine-game winning streak. LIU-Brooklyn enters at 19-13.
"I'm happy for him," Tavon Parker said. "One win, and he gets to go to the big dance (NCAA Tournament)."
Kelvin Parker made an immediate impact as a freshman last year, averaging 9.0 points (third highest on the team) and 29.8 minutes a game for the Mount.
Under a new head coach this season, Parker's playing time decreased to 15.8 minutes a game.
However, in the Mount's last eight games, all victories, Parker averaged 21 minutes. He was on the floor for 26 minutes in the Mount's 69-60 victory over top-seeded Robert Morris this past Saturday in the tournament semifinals.
"It took a while to get adjusted to a new coach," Tavon Parker said. "But, he (Kelvin) got his role back."
York High coach Troy Sowers, who also will be watching the former Bearcats' star on TV, said that Parker "makes them (the Mountaineers) go. It's York High basketball. They press all the time."
Tavon Parker has traveled to Emmitsburg, Md., on number of occasions to watch his big brother play in person.
Kelvin has also come home to catch some of Tavon's games with the Bearcats.
"He's going to be at our game (in Coatesville) on Wednesday (vs. St. Joseph's Prep in the state playoffs)," Tavon said. "I got his ticket today."
-- Reach Dick VanO linda at dvanolin email@example.com.