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PHS wins five straight

The Parkland High School boys basketball team has enjoyed playing this summer. The Trojans have experienced success, winning a majority of their summer league games and coming out on top of the Bash at the Beach tournament in June.

The Trojans continued their momentum over the last week, winning back-to-back games 47-32 over Quakertown last Thursday night and 56-47 against Bangor on Tuesday in Lehigh Valley summer league action at Cedar Beach park. Parkland has now won five games in a row in the league.

“The team has come together as a group this summer,” said assistant coach Eddie Ohlson. “We are developing trust among each other. Guys are figuring out their roles and chemistry is building and that has helped on both ends of the court.”

The Trojans are 9-2 in the summer league standings and are in second place behind Nazareth, a team they defeated in the Bash tournament semifinals a few weeks back. Parkland only lost two starters to graduation from last year’s varsity team, so expectations were high heading into the offseason after reaching the District 11 Class 6A final in February.

“We always have high goals and expectations for ourselves every year,” Ohlson said. “This summer has been good to see the guys getting better and using their talents to win a majority of our games.”

Against the Quakers last Thursday evening, Kharan Joshi led the way in scoring with a game-high 15 points. Joshi is a returning player from last year’s roster and has begun to breakout this summer. He was not as highly called upon as teammates Will Meeker, Nick Coval and Matt Bauer, but Joshi has impressed his teammates and coaches this summer.

“Kharan has been playing well and stepping up for us,” said Ohlson. “He’s a good shooter and has really improved his game since last season. He’s going to be a contributor for us this year.”

Ohlson also mentioned Meeker and Coval as leaders.

“Will and Nick have shown their leadership this summer,” Ohlson said. “This has helped us a lot.”

Parkland takes on Bethlehem Catholic on Thursday in the summer league before the playoffs next week.

PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Blake Bednar and the Parkland summer basketball team will be a playoff team in the Big School Division this summer.