Trojans top Vikings
Following a 12-point victory against rival Emmaus in the Parkland boys basketball team’s season-opener, head coach Andy Stephens and his players knew they could do better, especially their fundamentals. The Trojans found themselves trailing for half of the game before pulling off the comeback. But Parkland shot just 50-percent (10-for-20) from the charity stripe against the Hornets.
The Trojans improved on that number in their next game.
Just two nights later, Parkland went 21-of-26 from the line to defeat Central Catholic 62-61 last Thursday night in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference game at Parkland High School.
Senior Jake Melady, who led the team with 22 points, was instrumental in the victory from the line, going a perfect 13-for-13 and hitting some important shots down the wire.
“It was a good team victory and the foul shooting really helped us in the end,” Melady said. “Obviously, that was a big part of us winning the game because they hit some big shots. Us being able to hit our free throws was huge to pull this one off.”
The Vikings (3-1, 2-1) remained in the game and within striking distance throughout the entirety because of Nick Filchner, who tallied a game-high 28 points. Central was down by six points early in the fourth quarter, but clawed to within two points twice at 56-54 and 58-56 due to Filchner’s 16 fourth-quarter points and three 3-pointers.
“He’s tough to guard because he can hit shots from anywhere on the floor,” Melady said of Filchner. “We used a couple different guys guarding him and we just did our best to make it difficult on him shooting. It was just a great team game. In the beginning we struggled scoring a little bit, but a lot of guys contributed, hit some big shots and played well defensively. We got two in a row now and we just want to keep it going.”
Parkland led 58-56 with a little over one minute remaining, but Melady, JT Siggins, Jared Kucharczuk and Trey Rolle all came up big in the final frame to help hold off Central. Melady scored eight points in the quarter, while Siggins recorded six and Kucharczuk added four. Rolle converted a free-throw that put the Trojans up 62-58 with just 8.5 seconds left before the Vikings hit a three at the buzzer.
Rolle had 13 points and Siggins added 10 for Parkland.
Parkland (3-0 overall, 3-0 EPC Skyline Division) defeated Northampton last Saturday and will be on the road this week against Nazareth (Tuesday) and Whitehall on Friday before hosting Phillipsburg this Saturday.