Trojans fall to Central Catholic
Not a lot went right for the Parkland boys basketball team in its game against Central Catholic.
The ball just would not seem to fall. The Trojans scored their lowest output of the 2019-20 season and fell to the Vikings 44-35 last Friday night in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division action at Rockne Hall.
Parkland (12-7 overall, 9-4 EPC) scored 10 of the game’s first 11 points. The Trojans seemed to be in full control. But then the offense suddenly went cold. Parkland only scoring 25 points for the rest of the game (28-plus minutes), and was held in check as Central Catholic (15-2, 10-2) was led by a game-high 24 points from Nick Filchner and won their 11th straight game.
The loss snapped a three-game win streak and a run of five-of-six games.
“I told the guys to stay positive after the game,” said head coach Andy Stephens. “I can’t criticize their effort. We just missed a lot of shots.”
Nothing seemed to click offensively, as the Trojans shot below 30 percent overall from the floor. The leading scoring duo of seniors Jake Melady and Jared Kucharczuk combined for just 11 points and were a combined 2-for-12 from the field overall. They came into the game scoring 26.3 points per game combined.
“If you would have said we were going to shoot that poorly and be in the game until the last minute, I would have said there’s no way,” Stephens said. “I would have said they’re going to beat us pretty badly. But I think our kids played really hard. Both teams know each other. They just both played hard. They battled. I wasn’t upset about anything.”
Senior Nick Rappa led the way offensively for the Trojans, finishing with 11 points and adding 14 rebounds and six blocked shots for a double-double.
Parkland concludes its regular season with two home games against Whitehall on Friday and Nazareth on Monday. The Trojans have all but clinched a spot in the EPC Tournament beginning next weekend. They have also earned a berth in the District 11 Class 6A Tournament, which begins in mid-February.