Trojans win Stellar playoff quarterfinal
The summer league basketball for the Parkland boys basketball team continued just two days after an Elite Eight appearance at SportsFest. And the Trojans didn’t miss a beat.
There were no signs of tired legs or worn down bodies. The Trojans amassed 58 points on some good outside shooting, winning their quarterfinal Stellar Summer League playoff game 58-48 versus Bangor Tuesday evening at Cedar Beach Park.
“It feels good getting back out there and especially getting a win tonight,” said senior forward Michael Zeky. “Especially doing it against a team like Bangor, who we saw in the district finals last year and who had a good SportsFest. They’re going to be good again this year.”
Parkland welcomed back senior Sam Iorio, who missed the last two weekends because of AAU tournaments. He led the team with 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
“This was a nice win tonight,” Iorio said. “It’s great to be back with the guys. I think we’re really coming together and it’s good to see. I think everyone’s stepped up and we’re really playing well as a team. The summer is all about improving our games, and I can see they’ve done that.”
Iorio led the charge of four Trojans in double-figure scoring, including Zeky’s 15 and 10 each from Zach Bross and Jake Bartholomew. Parkland hit eight 3-pointers and shot the ball well all night. Tyler German also connected from long range.
“We had good ball movement most of the night,” said Zeky. “They started out in a 2-3 zone, and we were able to get good, open looks on some shots, and they fell for us.”
It was a struggle early in the game for both teams hitting shots. Trailing 9-8 with a little more than ten minutes left in the first half, the Trojans went on a 14-5 run capped by a Zeky three to go up 22-14. They never trailed again.
It did get murky as the Slaters fought back in the second half from being down by 16 at halftime, and as much as 24 midway through the second half. But seniors Iorio, Zeky and Bross made plays when they’re team needed it most to secure the win.
“They’re a very good team,” Zeky said. “They have a lot of experience from all of their guys being back. It was a battle for us to hang on to this one until the end.”
The third-seeded Trojans will square off against the number two seed Allen Canaries on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the semifinals at Cedar Beach. In the other semifinal, fourth-seeded Whitehall takes on the top seed Reading right after.