Parkland is back at full strength for tournaments
Kyle Stout and Jake Bartholomew each connected twice from long range, and the Parkland boys basketball held on to defeat Liberty 50-46 for their second win in two straight games last Thursday night at Cedar Beach. The double-header saw the Trojans take down Emmaus in the first game, 67-52, during the last night of the regular season.
They were two big wins for the Trojans, not only because it gives them momentum heading into the two main summer tournaments the next two weekends, but the were wins against two prominent teams that will be battling with them for league and district titles in the winter.
"These were important games for us tonight," said Stout. "We're really starting to gel now again as a team after a lot of us have been away for a lot of the summer."
It was back-and-forth for much of the game, as Parkland held a 28-20 lead at halftime.
Kenny Yeboah was a force inside as he netted a team-high 14 points, and was hard to contain for the Hurricane defense.
The Trojans were never able to pull away from Liberty, but timely baskets from Devante Cross (11 points), Stout, Yeboah, and Bartholomew (6 points) helped to preserve the win.
"I think in the first game [against Emmaus] we really shot the lights out, but we didn't do that as well against Liberty," said Stout, who scored 10 points against Liberty. "And when we're not shooting well we have to get to the basket. And we did that well in this game."
With most of the roster available for head coach Andy Stephens Thursday, Parkland showed just what they can do, and that is win games against some of the best competition in the Lehigh Valley. But for much of the summer, Stephens had called upon the younger players to get the job done, and they performed well.
"The one goal we had for the summer was to figure out, besides our core guys, who is going to be able to contribute," Stephens said.
Stephens noted some of those younger guys that have been able to step up include Bartholomew, Noel Brouse, Zach Bross, Will Baar and Michael Zeky.