Boys win holiday tournament
The weekend before Christmas was not too giving for the Parkland boys basketball team. The Trojans lost their first game of the season at Whitehall, and a day later were taken to overtime in a home win against Stroudsburg, after leading by double digits in the second half.
"We had a tough weekend then," said senior point guard Jimmy Hahn. "We got together as a team, and the time off helped us. We said it was a fresh start. It was nice to get a little rest and practice and get better."
Hahn added that the team did a lot of scrimmaging all week at practice. The extra work sure paid off.
Parkland (5-1) took care of Perkiomen Valley 58-39 on Friday night, and followed that up with a convincing 69-52 win over Salisbury in the final of the Parkland Holiday Classic.
Justin Zajko tallied 20 points on 6-for-6 shooting from the field. His only missed attempt of the night came at the free throw line, where he went 5-of-6.
"We've been having a lot of good practices with a lot of shooting," Zajko said. "Coach [Andy] Stephens has been emphasizing just going out and playing our game, not worrying about missed shots or anything else."
Zajko helped the Trojans race out to an early double-digit lead in the first quarter by contributing 11 of his 20 over the first eight minutes. Salisbury's Austin Uhl (22 points) did his part, keeping the Falcons close.
It was a high-scoring game, as the teams combined for 64 points during the first two quarters. Alex Mitton and Ryan Keller added five and four points respectively in the second quarter.
Along with Zajko, Hahn found himself in the double digit scoring category, while also dishing out six assists.
"Not only did we play well, we played well as a team," said Hahn. "We've been scoring a lot and getting easy baskets because our defense has been getting stops.
"Getting rebounds and pushing the offense, our team has been unselfish and moving the ball really well."
Salisbury (4-2) pulled to within eight in the fourth quarter, but a quick 10-3 run paced by five points from Nick Rindock (eight points) put the game to bed for Parkland.
The Trojans get back into Lehigh Valley Conference play Thursday night at Easton.