Boys fall to Whitehall
When the Parkland boys basketball team defeated its rival Emmaus 50-47, it had to come back from being down all game, including battling back from a 16-point third-quarter deficit.
After the emotional, hard-fought victory, the Trojans had to get back on the court two days later to face another rival in Whitehall.
The Trojans fell to Whitehall 62-49 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference contest in their final game before the holiday break.
“I think that the guys were a little tired,” said head coach Andy Stephens. “Coming off the Emmaus game we knew they gave it everything they had to come back to win, so we tried to get as much rest for them as possible. They were just a little out of it tonight.”
Parkland (3-3 overall, 1-2 EPC) fell behind Whitehall 13-7 after the opening quarter as the shooting just wasn’t there. Jared Kucharczuk did the only Parkland scoring in the first eight minutes.
The Trojans got their feet under them and found a bit of a rhythm in the second quarter, more than doubling the total they put out in the first. But the Zephyrs (2-4, 1-2) stayed step-for-step and took a 29-22 advantage into halftime.
“They made shots and didn’t turn the ball over,” Stephens said. “They played really well, which we expected them to. The league is very competitive, and it is going to be tough games like this every night.”
Whitehall took control of the contest after the teams left the locker rooms at halftime. The Zephyrs outscored Parkland 20-12 in the third quarter and saw their lead climb to 15 points (49-34) heading into the fourth quarter.
“In the third quarter they made shots and took advantage of our miscues,” said Stephens. “They just played an all-around good game tonight.”
Senior Jake Bartholomew and junior Logan Rindock led all scorers, each tallying 15 points. Kucharczuk recorded eight points and Adam Klinger contributed seven for the Trojans.
Ricky Melosky and Mike Smith both had 14 points for Whitehall.
Parkland only has one game between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Trojans traveled to Berks Catholic to take on PIAA power Carlisle Wednesday.