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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s David Klinger goes up for a shot against Central Catholic. PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s David Klinger goes up for a shot against Central Catholic.

Boys fall to ACC

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Allentown Central Catholic has gone through its schedule unblemished so far during the 2017-18 season. A big reason why is because of its shooting from beyond the arc.

The winning and the successful perimeter play continued Tuesday night in a 72-50 over Parkland (4-6, 1-5) at Parkland High School.

The Vikings, who led the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference in 3-pointers made entering the game at 104, made 12 over the course of the contest, including five in the first quarter as they went on a 14-0 run to hold a 27-15 lead after the first eight-minute frame.

“They’re going to be a hard team to beat if they shoot as well as they did tonight,” said Parkland head coach Andy Stephens. “They’ve been shooting well all season. We got down and took a lot of quick shots and that’s not how we need to play.”

Central (12-0 overall, 7-0 EPC) then outscored the Trojans 19-8 in the second quarter to take a 46-23 advantage at halftime, and seemingly put the game away.

Dat Lambert and Jay Vaughan were catalysts behind the shooting performance for the Vikings. Lambert had a game-high 18 points including three 3-pointers, and Vaughan added 14 points with four 3-pointers.

Chad Kratzer tallied 16 points and was a pest on the defensive end of the court, taking charges and not allowing Parkland to find a rhythm on its offensive end.

The Vikings, who are the number nine ranked team in the state in 5A, are the lone remaining unbeaten in the EPC. They shared the ball and created open shots, and played an in-your-face style, pressure defense that caused Parkland fits and did not allow easy looks at the basket.

Senior Jake Bartholomew led the Trojans with 12 points, and Logan Rindock had five. Junior forward Adam Klinger recorded 10 points and Michael Ruisch had three.

“We still have to figure a lot of things out, but we’ll get there,” Stephens said. “We just have to see who keeps showing up and working hard. The guys who should be stepping up need to start doing that.”

The Trojans, who have played in the last six district championship games, are still within striking distance of qualifying for the dance.

Parkland travels to take on East Stroudsburg North in its next game on Friday night and then hosts Emmaus on Tuesday, Jan. 16.