PHS boys go 3-2 in tourney
Summer league basketball is about improving both as an individual and as a team, and to allow players and coaches will learn more about one another.
The Parkland boys basketball team showed grit last weekend at the Bash at the Beach tournament at Cedar Beach. After dropping a two-point game to Central Catholic in their opener, the Trojans won their next three games to advance to Sunday before they were eliminated from the tournament that was formerly known as the Stellar Catch a Rising Star Tournament.
In the double-elimination event, Parkland did not have much room to work with after its first loss.
“I thought our play really improved after our first game,” said head coach Andy Stephens. “The guys played with great effort and, at times, showed some real promise that we as a coaching staff are happy to see. We’ll get there. We just need to keep working hard.”
Unlike in years past, the Trojans did not play their first game until Saturday morning, while most teams began competition on Thursday or Friday. So after a defeat to the Vikings that came down to the final seconds, Parkland had to play several games in a short period of time.
After taking down Phoenixville less than two hours after the Central Catholic game, the Trojans beat Phillipsburg 58-35 and then Lancaster McCaskey 64-45, all within a six-hour time frame. Jake Melady led the team with 13 and 20 points, respectively, in the last two victories.
“When you lose your first game, lose any game, the journey becomes a lot tougher,” Stephens said. “We knew what we were in for, but I’m proud of the kids for not just giving in and working hard and fighting each game. Our goal is always to get to Sunday, so to be able to be there, especially after losing our first game, is a testament to their effort.”
After a long and grueling four-game Saturday, Parkland fell to Central Dauphin 55-42 in the consolation bracket quarterfinal.
The Trojans can now take some positive momentum back into summer league play, which starts up again this week. They will also compete in the area’s second major summer tournament, Sportsfest’s A-town Throwdown July 25-28 at Cedar Beach.