Rout of FC gets Parkland No. 2 seed
The Parkland Trojans boys basketball team finished a strong regular season with a 57-19 thrashing of Faith Christian Academy inside Muhlenberg College last Thursday night in the finale of the Lehigh Valley Stellar Summer Basketball League.
After leading 11-8, Parkland (10-1) went on a 22-2 run to finish the half and lead 33-10 at halftime. Nick Rindock led the way with nine first-half points. Eight different Trojans found the score sheet that half, and 10 Parkland players had at least one basket in the game.
"We're just looking to keep getting better as a team, and the summer has really helped us with that," said Rindock. "It shows that we're a dominating team with a lot of different kids getting playing time. It's good for the rest of the program moving forward, and for our bench to get some time during the summer."
Parkland used its size and speed to over match the smaller Lions lineup. The Trojans seemingly could do whatever they wanted to on both sides of the court.
Faith Christian never got closer in the second half, and Parkland led by as much as 38 points, for another one of its double-digit summer league wins. The Trojans' only loss was to Allentown Central Catholic.
"We knew we were going to be good coming into this summer," said assistant coach John Dreisbach. "We have five seniors that play a lot and with that experience we are able to get other kids some valuable time. They are willing to help out all of the younger kids. It's a ripple effect."
Parkland earned the No. 2 seed for the Stellar playoffs, which began Tuesday and were scheduled to continue with semifinals Wednesday and the title game on Thursday. Central Catholic earned the top seed in the eight-team playoff.
The Trojans look to advance past the first round of the playoffs, as they were eliminated in that round the past two years.