Parkland boys go 1-1 at Allen Tournament
After winning the first four games to start the 2019-20 campaign, the Parkland boys basketball team had tripped up a little bit, losing two of its next three games. But the Trojans got back to their winning ways quickly.
Following a narrow defeat to Wilkes-Barre Area on Friday evening in the opener of the Allen High School’s Holiday Tournament, Parkland bounced back to take down Springfield Delco 55-33 Saturday afternoon in Sewards Gymnasium.
“I thought [Friday’s] game was probably the worst we’ve played all season,” said J.T. Siggins. “It was really good that we were able to bounce back from that one. We wanted this one bad. We definitely came ready to play.”
Siggins finished the game with 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. He was awarded the team MVP for the game by the tournament staff.
When the junior entered the game in the first quarter, his team was trailing. But his minutes changed the tides dramatically in favor of Parkland (6-2 overall). Siggins made both of his attempts in the opening quarter and then added six points, two rebounds and two steals all in the second quarter to turn a 15-13 deficit after one into a 34-21 advantage at halftime.
“It was an overall good team win,” Siggins said. “I got in there and just tried to give a spark like I always do. All my teammates found me and gave me good passes. It all started from our defense and stepping up on that end. That’s all about our team chemistry. We’ve been working on that since the summer. It all came together.”
After the Cougars scored the opening basket of the second quarter to take a 17-13 lead, the Trojans went on a 21-4 run over the final seven-plus minutes to go up 34-21 at the break.
In the third quarter, Parkland outscored Springfield Delco 12-3 to take control of the game. Head coach Andy Stephens was able to play 13 different players.
The Trojans are now 6-2 and have a ton of positive momentum heading into the new calendar year and their prominently Eastern Pennsylvania Conference portion of their schedule.
“It all goes back to the summer, like I said earlier,” said Siggins. “We’ve been working hard in the offseason with practice and lifting and building team chemistry. We love playing with each other and that’s paid off a lot on the court and is one of our biggest advantages.”
Parkland next hosts Pocono Mountain West on Thursday, followed by a road game at East Stroudsburg South on Saturday.