With conference momentum on the line and the energy of one of Southern California’s more unique rivalries swirling at Claremont McKenna College, Parsons put the Stags on his back and led CMS to a 56-42 win over Pomona-Pitzer before a crowd of 1,396. Parsons, the reigning Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference male athlete of the week, scored a game-high 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 from the foul line. He also turned in seven rebounds in a victory that gave the Stags (9-5, 3-0) their fifth win in their last six games. CLAREMONT – The rowdy Claremont-Mudd-Scripps following at Ducey Gymnasium on Wednesday followed seemingly every basket from John Parson with chants of “MVP.” It’s hard for everyone to argue at this point. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “It’s too early to tell,” Stags coach Ken Scalmanini said of the crowd’s MVP chants. “But John’s important to what we do, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up (the MVP) at the end of the year.” CMS had a 26-22 lead at the half over two-time defending SCIAC champion Pomona-Pitzer (8-6, 2-1), and the Stags stepped on the gas in the final period. Emaniel Maceira finished with 11 points and Miles Taylor added five assists and nine rebounds, including eight on defense, to keep the ball away from a much taller Sagehens team. Pomona-Pitzer turned a double-digit CMS advantage into a nine-point game when David Knowles hit one of his three three-pointers with 1:49 left. But the Stags put the ball in the hands of Parsons, who hit five of his last six foul shots, and Pomona-Pitzer didn’t hit another field goal in snapping a five-game winning streak. Afterward, Parsons said dropping the Sagehens and giving his team a 3-0 start in a tough conference meant more than the crowd’s “MVP” chants. “The crowd’s the crowd,” said Parsons, who notched a triple-double in a win over Redlands last week. “I don’t really think about (the MVP). I’m thinking about winning a SCIAC championship.” Defense like the Stags played on Wednesday could make that dream a reality. CMS held Pomona-Pitzer to 39 percent shooting from the field (16-of-41), the Stags grabbed 22 defensive rebounds and the Sagehens’ go-to players never really got going. Knowles scored 15 points, Ed Wexler-Beron collected 12 and the reigning SCIAC Player of the Year, Alexander Lloyd, finished with five. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!