PHS ends regular season with win
The Parkland boys basketball team will have some positive momentum and confidence to build off of with the postseason just around the corner. The Trojans used a strong second quarter to come from behind and take down Nazareth in their regular season finale Monday night at Parkland High School in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division game.
Parkland (14-8 overall, 11-5 EPC) outscored the Blue Eagles 16-2 in a deciding second quarter to take control of the game. The Trojans trailed 15-12 following the opening quarter of play, but turned it up on both sides of the court in the second frame to take a 28-17 advantage into the locker rooms at halftime.
“Our defense was really solid all second quarter,” said Trojan head coach Andy Stephens. “We were a little off offensively, so a solid defensive effort was very important.”
It was a much-needed win for Parkland heading into the postseason after losing three of its last four games overall, following a three-game win streak.
“It was certainly better to win the last regular season game than not,” said Stephens. “The guys played hard and competed tonight.”
The Trojans kept their lead hovering around double-digits for most of the third quarter, and were up 38-27 heading into the fourth. In the final frame, the Blue Eagles (9-13, 5-11) pulled it to within single digits, and as low as seven points, but Parkland was able to hold for the victory.
Two Parkland players scored in double figures, led by Nick Melady with 13. Nick Rappa rounded out the duo in double-digits with 10. Dylan Rhoads and Jared Kucharczuk each finished just shy of double-figures, ending their nights with nine and eight points respectively. Trey Rolle connected on two 3-pointers for six points, Ja’Lon Perkins had two points and J.T. Siggins rounded out the scoring for Parkland with one point.
The EPC Tournament opens Friday with quarterfinal round games. Parkland travel to East Stroudsburg South for a 7 p.m. game against the No. 4 seed Cavaliers. The two teams met once this season, back on January 4, a 55-50 victory for the Cavaliers.
“Timing is everything and I think we’re playing some of our best basketball now toward the end of the year when we need to most,” Stephens said. “We should have some confidence now after this win heading into the playoffs, which I feel we do.”