Iorio gets PHS scoring record
Parkland might not have won their meeting Sunday against New Jersey’s Linden High School, but the Trojans accomplished a few things in the loss at this year’s Lehigh Valley Hoopgroup Showcase finale at Parkland High School.
Despite falling to the Tigers, 75-58, the Trojans saw their leader reach a career milestone while picking up valuable experience against a team that’s ranked among the top in its state classification.
“I thought we played well,” said Parkland head coach Andy Stephens. “I think any team we play at this point, we can win. I’m not going to count it as a moral victory because I think we are pretty darn good at this point in the year. We’re disappointed that we lost.”
The highlight of the game for the Trojans came in the fourth quarter when Sam Iorio eclipsed Parkland’s all-time scoring record of 1,636 points held by 2002 graduate Adam Lane.
Iorio, a senior who is headed to American University next fall, scored 22 points in the loss.
“Having coached him for four years is a pleasure,” said Stephens. “Hopefully we have a lot of basketball left this year. That’s quite an accomplishment for Sam. Anytime an individual gets an accolade like that it really is a team thing. I think Sam recognizes that and that makes it all the more sweet.”
Reaching the milestone wasn’t something Iorio set as a priority. His goal was to win games and score as much as his team needed in order to accomplish that goal.
“During the game I don’t think of anything other than what I can do to make my team win,” Iorio said. “For this to come along with winning a couple championships, it’s even better.”
He refused to take all the credit for the accomplishment, preferring to share it with teammates past and present.
“It just shows how great my teammates were to find me the ball at the right times and just how good this program is,” said Iorio.
The Trojans hung with Linden for much of the game and were tied 24-24 at halftime, but the speedy Tiger defenders forced 18 Parkland turnovers and started pulling away with an 18-2 run that started the second half that gave them a 42-26 lead with 12 minutes left in the game.
“It’s not a bad loss,” said Iorio. “Of course we want to win but it only makes it better. I think we’re going to use it as experience.”
Despite Parkland’s first loss in 10 games, the Trojans still held a seven-game Eastern Pennsylvania Conference win streak heading into Tuesday night’s game against Nazareth. They entered this week at 11-6 overall and 8-4 in EPC play. They occupy third place in the EPC Skyline Division behind Emmaus and Whitehall, which are both 11-1 in league play.
Parkland’s busy remaining schedule includes a visit to Whitehall on Friday night, a nonleague game at Scranton Prep on Saturday, a trip to undefeated Allen on Monday and the season finale at home against Northampton Wednesday, Feb. 8.
The EPC quarterfinals are slated for Friday, Feb. 10 with semifinals Wednesday, Feb. 15 and finals Friday, Feb. 17.