Slow third quarter dooms PHS in loss to Whitehall
The Parkland boys basketball team had back-to-back quarters that went in opposite directions in defining the result of Friday’s game against Whitehall.
After trailing following the first quarter, the Trojans outscored the Zephyrs 15-11 in the second frame, but then were outscored 16-4 in the third quarter as the Zephyrs took control of the game and to win 59-54 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division game at Whitehall High School.
“We weren’t able to execute the way we wanted to that quarter,” said Parkland head coach Andy Stephens of the third quarter struggles. “When you aren’t scoring and allowing points on the other end, you can get put in a hole. And unfortunately we weren’t able to climb out of the hole we were in.”
The Trojans (5-1 overall, 4-1 EPC) were on the wrong end of their first game of the season, but still remain on top of the Skyline Division.
Trey Rolle led all Parkland scorers with 19 points, including nine of in the Trojans’ fourth quarter comeback attempt. All nine points came on three 3-pointers. He was held to just two points in that third quarter, as just him and Nick Rappa were the only Trojans to record points in that frame.
“Trey’s been good for us all year,” Stephens said. “You always want your point guard to be a leader and a facilitator and he’s done that for us. He has really grown and matured since last year and he will only help us get better.”
Trailing 12-11 after the first quarter, Parkland outscored Whitehall 15-11 behind four points each by Rolle, Melady and Kucharczuk. But cold shooting hurt the Trojans in the third quarter, whereas the Zephyrs racked up 16 points that frame.
Parkland never quit though, bouncing back for their highest scoring quarter of the game with 24. But Whitehall also had a high-scoring quarter, netting 20, to hold off Parkland’s comeback attempt.
Jake Melady tallied nine points, followed by eight from Jared Kucharczuk and seven from Rappa. Dylan Rhoads recorded six points, JaLon Perkins contributed three and JT Siggins had two points to round out the scoring for Parkland.
Parkland bounced back less than 24 hours later and defeated Phillipsburg in a non-conference matchup. The Trojans will not compete again until the new calendar year as they are not playing in an holiday tournaments this season.