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PHS boys bounce back, beat Bethlehem Catholic

The Parkland High School boys basketball team had a rough end to its week last weekend, dropping back-to-back games on the road in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. After two straight wins in the two contests prior, the Trojans fell at Emmaus last Friday night before a quick turnaround and traveling north to Pocono Mountain West the next morning, dropping that game as well. Albeit those games were against the top two teams in their respective divisions.

But the losing streak did not extend past two games as Parkland stopped it three days later with a victory over Bethlehem Catholic as it looks to create a new win streak.

In the game with Emmaus last Friday night in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Emmaus, Parkland was out in front 11-10 after the opening frame and then 24-22 at halftime. After an even third quarter that saw the Trojans still ahead by two heading into the final quarter, the Green Hornets used a strong fourth, outscoring Parkland 25-12 to take the game.

Emmaus got a career-high night out of junior Jametric Harris, who finished with a team-high 25 points and was a force defensively and on the glass for the 63-52 win. Parkland’s Nick Coval went point for point with Harris, dropping a game-high 26 points. Seniors Matt Ray and Gio Escalona added nine points each.

About 16 hours later, the Trojans were back out on the court after a long bus ride. The Panthers led from start to finish in this one and had another standout performance as Julian Pagan scored a game-high 29 points in the 69-45 victory. Escalona paced Parkland with 14 points, followed by Coval with 10 and Ray with nine.

This past Tuesday, the Trojans wanted to right the ship, and they wasted little time in doing so against the Golden Hawks. Parkland jumped out in front 25-7 after the first quarter and never looked back on their way to a 58-33 win. Joey Gerbasio tallied a game-high 17 points. Ray and Coval both finished in double figures in scoring with 14 and 11, respectively.

Parkland is now 8-5 overall and 7-2 in the EPC. The Trojans end the week just as they did last week, with two conference road games. They take on Whitehall on Friday night before a matchup with Easton on Saturday afternoon.

PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Matt Ray, seen here going to the basket against Emmaus, scored 14 points in the Trojans' win over Bethlehem Catholic last Thursday.
PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Joey Gerbasio led Parkland with 17 points in Thursday's win over Bethlehem Catholic.