Trojan boys have no trouble with Whitehall
Austin Beidelman shook off early season cobwebs, and Jimmy Hahn guided the Parkland offense to a 61-42 Lehigh Valley Conference win over Whitehall last Friday night at Parkland. The Trojans head into the new year with an undefeated 3-0 mark in the conference.
"It's good to get off to this start," Beidelman said. "Once you get a good jump it feels good. We're on a four-game winning streak and have a tough road trip to Stroudsburg to try and keep it going."
Beidelman scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half, hitting his first five shots on 5-7 shooting over those two quarters.
"I was struggling a little bit early [in the season], but my teammates kept me in it," said Beidelman. "Tonight they got me involved. Everybody played great. Once one guy hits a shot, it opens up opportunities for others."
The Trojans jumped out to a 10-0 lead. The five starters did all of the scoring, vaulting Parkland on top 25-10 after one.
Justin Zajko, who had a game-high 18 points, finished a full-court pass from Beidelman after a rebound right before the first quarter buzzer. It was a highlight worthy play that evoked images of Lebron James and Dwyane Wade.
Nick Rindock and Nick Selvaggi did the dirty work inside, and head coach Andy Stephens said he liked their hustle.
Parkland was not just offensive minded. The Trojans started the game using a full-court press. Hahn came away with three steals, all in the second quarter, and also added five assists. The Trojans were on the end of easy looks due to their pressure and defensive hustle.
"We've been having tough practices getting back to our ways," Hahn said. "Everyone is contributing. The good thing about our team is that if one guy is off, there are three others that can contribute."
That balanced attack was led by Zajko and Beidelman, but Hahn (nine points), Rindock (nine points), and fifth starter Selvaggi (two points) showed their worth. Sophomore guard Nick Hassler also added four points for the Trojans.