Aziz Parker's first shot of the game was a swish and a sign of things to come.
So was his second.
And his third.
"I'm the kind of guy, when they start to fall, I'm going to keep shooting," Parker said.
Parker, a slick senior guard, made four three-pointers in the first quarter to power Medford Tech to a 65-45 victory over Overbrook in a second-round game of the South Jersey Group 2 tournament on Wednesday night.
The 6-foot Parker finished with 30 points and eight rebounds as 11th-seeded Medford Tech won its second straight road game and advanced to Friday's sectional semifinals.
"He's a senior, and he doesn't want it to end," Medford Tech coach Nick Powell said of Parker. "He's the kind of kid who will say to his teammates, 'Jump on my back.' That's what he did tonight."
Junior forward Chris Lomax muscled inside for 11 points with seven rebounds, and freshman swingman Davon Thornton scored 10 for third-seeded Overbrook (17-8).
"We accomplished so much this season," Overbrook coach Frank Wilczynski said. "Winning record in the conference. Winning record in the division. Won a Christmas tournament. Won a playoff game.
"We're just not used to playing in games like this, and that team has experience in these types of games."
As Medford Tech's lone senior starter, Parker took his team's struggles during the regular season to heart.
"I was so frustrated I actually thought about quitting," Parker said. "Coach talked to me and told me only the strong survive. I had to fight through it. We all had to fight through it.
"And look at us now."
Medford Tech (11-17) got strong inside work from junior Nate Conyer (eight points, eight rebounds, two blocks), and the Jaguars also were money from the foul line, making their first 20 attempts and finishing 21 for 23.
But the key to the victory for the battled-tested Burlington County Liberty Division team was Parker's play, especially in the first half.
Parker scored 14 points in the first quarter and 19 in the first half, sending the visitors to a 35-26 lead.
"Parker was phenomenal," Wilczynski said. "We saw him on film and knew he could flat-out shoot, but he was making contested shots, hand in his face, behind the line.
"He's as good as any player we saw all year."
Parker made five three-pointers in six attempts in the first half.
"That's so big on the road," Powell said. "He got us out, quieted the crowd, got our guys to relax. That's what leaders do."
Parker was a key player for the Medford Tech team that reached the South Jersey Group 2 title game last season, losing at Camden. He knows the history of the program that won the sectional title in 2010.
"We're a playoff team," Parker said. "It doesn't matter what happened in the regular season. This team is built for this time of the year.
"It's money time. It's our time."
Medford Tech 20 15 12 18 - 65
Overbrook 15 11 10 9 - 45
MT: Aziz Parker 30, Darryl Phillips 4, Terrell Jones 8, Nate Conyer 8, Jaquan Laster 4, Aaron Smith 6, Tyler Jernigan 3, Keyshaun Harris 2.
O: Damon Matthews 6, Mark Reid 11, Chuck Jones 5, Davon Thornton 11, Chris Lomax 10, Najee Bey 2.