Many were open. Providence scored 20 points in the period, including five three-pointers in the first half.
Contrast that to the third quarter when it was far from at its best, scoring a total of five points. It was enough of a drop-off that the visiting Roadrunners crawled back to within one point. And by the final whistle, Crossroads prevailed, 60-53, to advance to the quarterfinals and end the Pioneers' season.
Providence had been coming off a hard-fought 60-57 victory over Salesian in the first round.
"We didn't move the ball as much," Parker added on the third-quarter struggles. "We kind of stagnated. We didn't get into the hole and find the extra pass to get the best shot out of a possession. In the second quarter, we had more consistent looks."
Parker finished with a game-high 20 points, including four assists and two steals. He scored many of his baskets on drives to the basket, including seven of eight from the free-throw line. Senior guard Jonathan Ly added 15 points, while senior forward Kyle Lipton also finished in double-figures with 10.
Only two other players scored, though.
For Providence (16-11), its double-digit first-half lead began to slither away when Lipton, who had eight first-half points, picked up his fourth foul right before halftime, leaving him on the bench until the two-minute mark of the third quarter.
"It was horrible," Pioneers Coach Chris Madigan said.
With Providence's tallest player on the bench for much of the second half, Crossroads (19-5) used its size to pull ahead late. In a seesaw fourth quarter that saw nine lead changes, it relied on its 6-foot-5 junior forward Charlie Hall, who finished with 15 points, to shoulder much of the burden offensively.
The Roadrunners would pull ahead for good when Hall converted an easy layup off a pass from junior guard Alexander Miles, who stole an errant Providence inbound pass with 2:40 left to play.
"You can't make mistakes of that caliber in a playoff game in the fourth quarter," Madigan said. "You have to be smart. You have to be fundamentally sound."
Providence also failed to score a basket over the final 3:41 after going up, 52-49.
"Shame on us," Madigan said. "We don't finish our opportunities. It's a couple-basket game and there you go."
"It's a tough way for your season to end. We had more than our fair share of opportunities. These kids have done a great job to get us into this position and that's why it hurts so badly. We're right there with a chance to get into the next round."