Hornets upset Parkland in summer league basketball
The Parkland boys basketball team has had a ton of success during its summer league season and in the tournaments it has been a part of. Even in the offseason when wins and losses don’t carry as much weight, the Trojans had won seven of 10 games in the Cedar Beach Summer Basketball League. The also advanced deep into the Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach tournament last month.
But in what could be called an off night, the Trojans struggled to get anything going against struggling rival Emmaus, which was 1-8 in the Cedar Beach League this summer when it took the court against the Trojans Tuesday.
The Hornets defense led them to a 53-46 win over Parkland Tuesday at Cedar Beach park in the regular season finale for Parkland.
It wasn’t the type of performance the Trojans have been used to this summer.
“We just need to bring better effort for the entire game,” said rising senior Jared Kucharczuk. “Just bringing the energy on both sides of the court throughout the game. We didn’t do that tonight and that hurt us. It wasn’t like us to play the way we did tonight and coach [Andy Stephens] let us know about it after the game.”
Kucharczuk and Dylan Rhoads led the team with eight points each, but most, if not all of the duo’s scoring happened in the first half. Rhoads scored all eight in the opening frame while Kucharczuk tallied six of his eight in the first.
Trey Rolle and J.T. Siggins both contributed six points for Parkland. Rolle had all six in the first half, showing a trend.
The Trojans held a 28-26 lead at halftime, but could not find that same offensive rhythm in the second half as Emmaus outscored them 27-18 after halftime.
“They played a matchup-zone defense on us and we didn’t respond well to it,” Kucharczuk said about the second half. “We didn’t shoot the ball well and that obviously hurt us. We just have to respond better and figure out other ways to get points.”
Jake Melady finished with five points for Parkland.
The Trojans end the summer league schedule with a 7-4 record. They have a bye on Thursday, but will most likely reach the postseason, which will begin next Tuesday, July 30.