Parkland snaps Emmaus' streak
If the first three minutes were any indication of the outcome of the game, Parkland (10-2 overall, 4-2 LVC) was going to be a 40-point winner. But the Trojans had to settle for a seven-point victory against rival Emmaus last Tuesday night at Parkland, a night after a double-overtime heartbreaker versus Easton.
The win also snapped the Green Hornets seven game-winning streak.
The Trojans raced out to a 7-0 lead, forcing Emmaus head coach Steve Yoder to call a timeout. Just after the break, Parkland added on and led 9-0.
The Green Hornets did not score their first basket until until nearly the five-minute mark when Tyler Prescott was fouled while going up to shoot, and hit the free throw as well.
"We really came out fast and really dug in on defense," said senior Nick Rindock. "We got some stops on defense, rebounded well, and got up-and-down the floor. That really helped us get going early."
Senior Ryan Keller had 10 of his 15 points in the first quarter, most shots being on the other end of a Jimmy Hahn pass. Hahn had a game-high six assists to go along with his four points. Keller got the start for Justin Zajko, who missed the game because of an illness.
"I was definitely excited [to start]," Keller said. "I talked to Justin before the game and hopefully he feels better. I needed to step up because we needed that with missing Devante [Cross] too. Coach [Andy Stephens] just told everyone to play with confidence and that's what we did."
While the Trojans never trailed in the first half, the lead never rose to double digits. Emmaus remained close and eventually went on a run in the beginning of the third quarter.
The Hornets chipped away at the deficit, and tied the game at 36-36 on a David Kachelries three-pointer with 4:46 to go. Alex Mitton gave Parkland the lead back with a turnaround hook, but Kachelries answered with another trey to give Emmaus its first lead of the game at the 4:06 mark. The Green Hornets led 43-40 after three.
Claude Bradshaw knocked down a three at the opening of the final quarter, and the Green Hornets held their biggest advantage of the game, and all of the momentum. But on the brightest of stages, it was a freshman that gave a big contribution, and helped bring the Trojans back to life.
Sam Iorio (15 points) scored six straight points and tied the game at 46-46, and Parkland finished off the game at the charity stripe.
A lot of games can be won or lost at the free-throw line. The Trojans won this one there.
Rindock (15 points) went 8-for-8 at the line, and as a team the Trojans combined to go 12-for-12 in the fourth quarter.
"We work on foul shots every day at practice," said Rindock. "At the end of the game, we want to get fouled, and we want to go to the line because we know we're going to hit the shots."
This was the fifth game in six days for Parkland, who went 4-1 in that span. But tired legs or complaining isn't something you will see or hear from this team.
"It's been fun," said Keller. "We're young. We can't be tired. We want to keep playing."
Parkland has two days off before travelling to Freedom on Friday night.