Trojans head into first summer hoops tournament
With the school year all but wrapped up, boys varsity summer league basketball is beginning to heat up.
This weekend begins the first of two major summer basketball tournaments, with the Cedar Beach Showcase, otherwise known as the Bash at the Beach, opening up its double-elimination style format tomorrow.
But before teams had one week to prepare for the grind of playing multiple games each day in the heat, the Cedar Beach Summer League wrapped up its first half of the regular season last Thursday.
The Parkland boys will enter this weekend’s tournament looking to get back on the right foot after falling in their final summer league regular season game before the break 45-41 to Whitehall.
“We’re just trying to find our identity,” said acting summer league head coach Eddie Ohlson after the game. “We have a lot of kids on the summer roster, like 20 or so. So it’s about finding the right lineups and formations. That’s what summer is about. We’ll have a better understanding after next week.”
The Trojans, who are now 4-4 this summer after the setback to the Zephyrs (2-5), had a rough patch during the first 12 minutes of the second half as they went without a point during that stretch. Whitehall, which trailed by one point at the intermission, took a 12-point lead, scoring the first 13 points of the half before the Trojans recorded a point.
“It just seemed that we were a step off there,” Ohlson said. “I would’ve liked to have seen more energy and effort there for the first half of the second half. We got better as it moved on, but by then it was just too late with the type of run they made and drought we had.”
The first half was back-and-forth as the scoreboard saw four ties and six lead changes. The largest advantage was just five points, 9-4, in favor of Whitehall. The Trojans took a 23-22 lead into halftime.
But after failing to score for the first 12 minutes of the second half, the Zephyrs took back the lead by as much as 12. Parkland, however, fought back to pull to within just three points, 42-39, with just about one minute remaining.
Two missed free-throws with 30 seconds left gave Whitehall the ball back as it sealed the game at the charity stripe.
The Trojans sit in the middle of the pack in the summer league standings, but a strong showing at the upcoming summer showcase tournaments can go a long way to building confidence.
Ohlson knows what is needed.
“Defensively we’ve done pretty well throughout the summer so far,” said Ohlson. “We’ve just been struggling on the offensive side. We’re not necessarily putting full games together, we just have one part of the game working but not the other. I think consistency right now is the biggest thing that we have to work on. I think the kids are working really hard, it’s just we’re looking for consistency.”