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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s Adam Klinger tries to get a shot of during the district title game against Allen . PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s Adam Klinger tries to get a shot of during the district title game against Allen .

Boys fall to Allen in championship

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

It wasn’t the District 11 Class 6A championship game that area basketball fans had anticipated. But fifth-seed Allen met the seventh seed Parkland in the final last Saturday night at Freedom High School.

The Canaries raced out to an early double-digit lead in the first couple of minutes and did not give the Trojans (15-10) much of a chance at a comeback as Parkland fell to Allen 76-50 to finish runner-up in the district, but still advanced to the PIAA playoffs.

“It was their night,” said Trojan head coach Andy Stehens. “It just wasn’t our night. We ran into a buzz saw. Offensively, we didn’t really play the way we’ve been playing. Defensively, we didn’t play that well. But at the same time, they were awesome.”

Allen (19-9 overall) won its last district title in 2011.

After the Trojans took a 3-2 lead in the opening minute, the Canaries went on a 15-0 run to take a 14-point lead. The Canaries led by 15 points after the first and second quarters and stretched the advantage to 21 points after the third quarter.

A big part of the Allen offense came from a freshman Nate Ellis, who tallied a game-high 27 points, 18 of which were after halftime in pacing the Canaries offense and giving Parkland fits all night.

“Allen did not miss early and we dug ourselves into a hole,” said Stephens. “We wanted to play some zone defense, but we went down by so much so soon that it became tough to play a zone. Ellis controlled the game. For a freshman, he’s really good.”

The Trojans could not find a rhythm on either side of the ball in this one.

“I have a ton of respect for [Allen head coach] Doug [Snyder] and I’m happy for them,” Stephens said. “Since I played and he coached against me, I’ve respected him. I’m happy for their team, but I am disappointed for our guys. I’m really proud of our team for getting to this point. A lot of people thought we were down and out.”

Logan Rindock had a tean-high 18 points, followed by Jake Melady with 12 and Gabe Khalife rounded out the Trojans in double-figures with 10 points. Adam Klinger contributed seven points for Parkland.

The Trojans will now play Chester, the sixth-place team from District One on Saturday back at Freedom High School at 4:30 p.m.