Boys roll past Bangor and into district semis
The Parkland boy's basketball team beat Bangor 63-51 Saturday night in a District 11 4A quarterfinal game at Pleasant Valley High School.
The Trojans won a game in which they lead nearly wire to wire.
Bangor got off to a quick start, converting two three-point play opportunities, but the crowd inside Pleasant Valley High School quickly learned that senior guard Austin Beidelman was not going to allow his team to fall behind again. The senior scored 10 first quarter points on his way to a game high 26 points.
"They're a good team, and my guys put me in good position, and I just made my shots tonight," said Beidelman. "We're battle tested so we're used to coming from behind, but out defense was phenomenal tonight."
Junior point guard Jimmy Hahn was aggressive early on both ends of the floor, something he said he tries to do often.
"We stuck with our defense and we got in the flow of the game, we got our intensity up today," said Hahn. "We tried to make it something they haven't seen before, Justin [Zajko] played [Alex] Colton very well, [Austin] Beidelman played [Jeremy] Ringland really well, and the other guys helped, and that got our offense going well.
"As the point guard I try to set the tone, I had to try to make them better. I just have to make sure I attack, and get them easy shots."
Parkland led 17-13 after the first, and never looked back.
Bangor, the higher seed, led 6-0 early, but the Trojans are a confident bunch, a trait that was certainly enhanced by beating a higher seed.
"We beat a good team, so it does a lot for our confidence," said head coach Andy Stephens. "We try to build and build, and if we have a loss we don't get too down about it. I think we're in a pretty good position right now, so I feel good about it."
Leading 32-23 at half, the Trojans were in total control for the majority of the night, enjoying a 15-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter in what almost amounted to a home game for Bangor.
"It's a big one, we didn't want to end our season tonight," said Austin Beidelman. "We have two more games, we want to get back to the district final, that's what we want."
Coach Stephens wants to see his team keep up what they're doing thus far in the District 11 tournament. The team opened with a 56-42 win over East Stroudsburg South and had a meeting with Liberty in a rematch of the LVC title game on Wednesday night.
"I think so much of it is mental, we just need to enjoy it, and have confidence," Stephens said. "We feel good about the way things are going, and the psyche of the team right now, so we need to just keep it up."
The Trojan's defense was stellar on Saturday, not allowing the Slaters to score more than 16 points in a quarter. Along with Beidelman's 26 points, Parkland got big contributions from key players. Justin Zajko scored 11 points and brought down six rebounds, and Jimmy Hahn scored nine points. Devante Cross scored seven fourth quarter points to help ensure a win for Parkland.