Parkland Press

Friday, July 20, 2018

Boys stay live until Sunday

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Every summer the goal for the Parkland boys basketball team is to get better as a team, but also to reach the final day of the marquee summer tournaments.

It’s been a mixed bag thus far this summer for the Trojans, who lost a recent summer league game to rival Whitehall before having a week off to prepare for the first summer tournament.

Last weekend at the Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach Tournament, Parkland found some success, winning two of its first three games, before falling Sunday in the four-day, 40-team, double-elimination style tournament.

“I thought we played really well this weekend,” said summer league coach Eddie Ohlson. “We really stepped up to some good competition and did some good things.”

The Trojans victory on Saturday allowed Parkland to get revenge on the Zephyrs and advance to the tournament’s final day.

Parkland opened the tournament with a 44-41 win over Notre Dame (Green Pond) in overtime. Jake Melady led PHS with 14 points.

In their second game of the tournament, the Trojans faced Glens Falls (New York). The Indians feature guard Joe Girard III, who has scholarship offers from Duke, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Penn State.

Girard had scored 40 points in a game against Emmaus. While Parkland held him to 26, Glens Falls pulled out a 50-44 victory. Girard made 17-of-19 free throws in the win.

The Trojans regrouped and put together a statement win, defeating Whitehall by 20 points, 56-36. Melady tallied a team-high 14.

“It was nice because we just lost to them last week,” Ohlson said. “We wanted to take something good away from this weekend, and being able to not only beat Whitehall who got us earlier this summer, but that it helped us advance to Sunday was huge. I’m proud of the guys.”

On Sunday morning, Parkland was edged by eventual semifinalist Spring-Ford, 51-47, ending the Trojans’ run.

The Parkland JV team repeated as the champion of the JV tournament, beating Liberty 46-34 in the title game.

Point guard Trey Rolle was the tournament MVP and JT Siggins was an all-tournament selection. The Trojans went 5-0 to survive the 20-team, double-elimination event.