Boys fall in district final
Pocono Mountain West’s Jalen Vaughn and Isaiah Wiggins might be the most well-known of the Panthers’ triple threat. But Parkland found out Saturday night in the District 11 Class 6A title game that the third member of the trio, Lance Singh, can be just as lethal as his counterparts.
Singh poured in 35 points in the district title game as all three of West’s best players reached double digits in an 83-59 win over the four-time defending district champion Trojans.
“All three of them are 1,000-point scorers,” said Parkland head coach Andy Stephens. “Give credit to them, they were the better team tonight. They’re a really good team and we didn’t play as well as we could have.”
Parkland had trouble working its inside-out game. The Trojans made just one of their four three-point attempts in the first half and fell behind 21-10.
Singh began to heat up in the second quarter with five quick points that put his team ahead 27-10 less than two minutes into the period.
Parkland cut the lead to 34-25 on a Jake Bartholomew basket with a minute left in the first half. The Trojans made four of eight second-quarter three-point attempts to keep the West lead at 38-28 heading into halftime. But that was as close as the Trojans would come the rest of the game.
The Panthers extended their lead in the in the third quarter as Singh scored 10 of his team’s 19 points to push their lead to 57-39 heading into the fourth quarter. Parkland made just one of it’s eight third-quarter three-point attempts as it tried to climb back into the game.
Pocono Mountain West played a box and one on Parkland’s all-time leading scorer Sam Iorio. The American University-bound senior scored 18 points in the loss while teammate Michael Zeky had 17.
The loss follows one of Parkland’s best games of the season. The Trojans knocked off the No. 1 ranked team in the state in last week’s semifinals at the PPL Center, beating top-seeded Allen 62-58.
The semifinal win marked the high point of a season that started with Parkland winning just two of its first seven games, but winning nine in a row after that and going 13-2 over the rest of the season.
“This hurts,” Stephens said of the district final loss. “We’re disappointed, but we had a heck of a year and we’re not finished.”
The Trojans move on to the state championship tournament. They’ll take on Archbishop Ryan, the third place team out of District 12, Saturday at Freedom High School at 6 p.m.