Bartholomew scores 17 in win over Blue Eagles
Rising sophomore Jake Bartholomew had an opportunity. Missing three starters because of prior commitments, Bartholomew was thrust into the starting lineup, and did not disappoint his coaches and teammates.
Bartholomew took the initiative and knocked down open shots and created offense off a zone defense, helping Parkland hold onto a 56-46 win against Nazareth last Thursday night at Whitehall High School.
Bartholomew tallied 12 of his 17 points in a second half where every point was crucial.
"He doesn't mind shooting," said Sam Iorio of Bartholomew. "When he gets an open look he can knock it down. We need that because he will be counted upon this year. That's really key for us, and it's good for him."
Iorio had a typical Iorio game, scoring 15 points while collecting 10 rebounds and recording four blocks.
The lead was as much as 11 in the first half with the Trojans taking a 33-23 edge into halftime, but the Blue Eagles fought back on numerous occasions and never gave up.
Three times in the second half the Parkland lead dwindled to four points, and once it got down to two. With just over two minutes remaining, the Trojans were battling only up by four.
With Nazareth playing a zone to take away Iorio, the rising junior and his teammates looked for their open shooters outside.
But with hot shooting Bartholomew, along with a three-pointer from Jack Dreisbach (8 points) and six points from Will Baar, Parkland was able to hold on in this one. Justin Lessel also connected on a three-pointer and grabbed two rebounds on the night.
"We were down three starters, but that just gives our bench a chance to step up and play, and they came through tonight," said Iorio. "It's big leading up to the season because there will be times where they need to be out there. This is what summer league is all about."
There is one remaining summer league game before the Stellar and Sportsfest tournaments begin within the next two weeks. The summer league playoffs will follow those tournaments in late July