Parkland beats Bangor in summer league
It wasn’t pretty for either team. But it got better. And it started at one end of the floor.
After a lackluster first half, the Parkland boys basketball team picked it up on both ends of the court to come out on the winning end of its Lehigh Valley Summer League basketball game Tuesday evening at Cedar Beach, taking down Bangor 43-34 in the Big School Division.
The Trojans moved to 6-3 overall and are in the top-five of the league standings with just a few weeks left of the regular season.
“I think that we are in a good spot, where we’d want to be towards the end of the season,” said assistant varsity coach Eddie Ohlson. “This was a good game to get. We were missing a couple of starters so to be able to go out and get a win tonight is big for our confidence.”
The first 20 minutes wasn’t pretty for either team as it featured a low-scoring half, which could be attributed to teams having a week off from the holiday break.
The Trojans trailed 2-0 early after the game’s opening basket, but from that point on never found themselves behind in the first half.
With the game at a standstill and Parkland ahead 14-12, the Trojans were in possession as the clock wound down and buried a three-pointer as the clock expired to take a 17-12 lead into the intermission.
“That was an important shot,” Ohlson said. “If that doesn’t drop we’re up by just a possession and who knows what happens. That gave us some momentum going into halftime.”
The Trojans were down by three in the second half after a surge by the Slaters, but in the middle of the half Parkland went on a run and was up by as many as eight points twice to take a hold on the game.
“It all started from the defensive end,” said Ohlson. “That’s always been our game plan. If you play hard on the defensive side you will be rewarded on the offensive end. I think we picked it up a little bit on both ends and it helped us get that lead there.”
Dylan Rhoads was the lone Parkland player in double-figures, finishing with 12 points to the lead the way for the Trojans, who connected on four shots from long range on the night.
Parkland is back on the court Thursday with a game against Bethlehem Catholic at 6 p.m.