PHS goes 2-2 in tourney
Just like every summer, the Parkland boys basketball team is in transition mode. Having to replace the scoring and overall play of one of the program’s all-time great players in Sam Iorio, the Trojans are implementing more of a guard-oriented look, with the experience and leadership of returning players and upperclassmen Logan Rindock, Jake Bartholomew and Michael Ruisch returning from last winter’s varsity team.
Although the Trojans are known to make perennial deep runs into the final day of the premier summer tournaments, they dropped two games in a row on Saturday after winning the first two and were eliminated Saturday night in the Cedar Beach Showcase last weekend.
“We went to the Villanova team camp earlier this summer and played against four really good teams like Archbishop Wood and Archbishop Carroll, and that made us better as a group,” said head coach Andy Stephens. “Even though we always say the summer isn’t about winning or losing, you don’t want to get used to losing.”
Parkland got used to the winning part of the equation during the first day of the Cedar Beach Tournament. The Trojans hung on for a one-point victory against Lancaster Catholic, 36-35, Friday night, led by 13 points from the rising junior Rindock.
Then Saturday morning they won again in dramatic fashion, this time over Glen Mills, 52-49. Rindock tallied a team-high 21 points in that one.
“Logan [Rindock] had a nice weekend for us,” Stephens said. “I’m not surprised by it. He had a strong year last year and is playing well this summer so far. He’s been improving every year and is going to be a great player for us.”
Parkland lost 38-29 to eventual champion Berks Catholic, who went unbeaten during the tournament. In their first game in the elimination bracket, Parkland to fell 53-42 to Spring-Ford to end the tournament Saturday.
“I think we got tired there,” Stephens said. “Berks Catholic is a great team. They’ve really played well. I think after that one the kids were a little tired and just didn’t have enough in the next game.”
There is still another month-and-a-half left of summer basketball for this young and inexperienced Trojans team to find their identity and continue the recent success of the program.
“We’ll get back out there this week for summer-league and get better each day,” said Stephens. “We’re excited for the next month of play with Sportsfest and the summer-league games.”
The Trojans junior varsity team saw themselves standing alone at the top of the JV bracket, winning their tournament with a one-point victory against Liberty Sunday evening. That bodes well for the future.