Summer hoops starts with win
A little over three months after the Parkland boys basketball team won its first district championship in four years, the Trojans took to the outdoors for the first summer league game of the 2013 offseason.
Gone were the familiar faces of leading scorer Austin Beidelman and fellow seniors Nate Case and Astin Jones. It was time for a new core of players to step up and fill the stat sheets.
Nick Selvaggi tallied 14 points and fellow rising senior Nick Rindock contributed 20 points in a 60-24 win over Northern Lehigh in the opening game of the summer league at Cedar Beach last Tuesday evening.
It was the first time the Trojans have played since their season ended in the second round of states last March.
"We had a couple of open gyms and we lifted a little bit in the offseason," said Selvaggi. "We're still missing about six or seven kids who had a passing scrimmage for football. A lot of us have been playing AAU for different teams, but it was nice to get back out there as a team."
Parkland will go into next season as one of the favorites in the Lehigh Valley Conference.
"We're just coming in to go after it again," noted Selvaggi. "As a Parkland team we always have a target on our back."
It didn't take much time for the Trojans to prove their worth. Selvaggi scored the first six points for Parkland, which controlled the offensive boards and forced a number of turnovers that led to easy baskets.
"I just learned to crash the boards a lot more," added Selvaggi. "In the playoffs that was a big thing. That's how I ended up with 13-14 rebounds a game, just crashing the boards, and that's what I need to do. It leads to easy put backs."
Justin Zajko was out with an illness, but Kevin Delourie (4 points) and Alex Mitton (2 points) stepped up in his place and never skipped a beat.
The Trojans held a 31-10 lead at halftime due in large part to the physicality of front court, and causing turnovers.
Head coach Andy Stephens cleared the bench and played his full squad in the game.
Jack Dreisbach (7 points) and Sean Lewis (6 points) hit some open shots and contributed to the team.
Parkland is in a position to make some noise this varsity season. It will all start with their play in the summer.