D-11 games a hit at PPL Center
History was made at the PPL Center on Wednesday night and it wasn’t the Phantoms or a star-studded concert this time.
A paid attendance of 7,630 sold out the area for the boys District 11 6A semifinal games featuring Emmaus vs. Pocono Mountain West and Parkland vs. Allen. It was a District 11 record, according to many. The PPL Center’s Twitter account credited the “over 8,000 fans” who came out for the game for a great atmosphere, while the District 11 Twitter account posted a photo “sold out” sign hung on a PPL Center door.
In game one, Emmaus lost a high-scoring, 79-76 contest to Pocono West. West jumped out to an 18-13 first quarter lead and then led 38-27 at the half. But the Hornets would chip away at the lead in the second half, trailing at one point 74-72 with 23 seconds left.
The Hornets were led by David Kachelries’ 34-point night while Matt Kachelries added 18 and Eric Cichocki helped with 12.
West was led by Isaiah Wiggins’ 25. Jalen Vaughns had 19, Lance Singh had 15 and Travis Elmore had 13.
West will take on Parkland in the District 11 6A finals. The Trojans stunned Allen 68-52 in front of a fired up crowd who was there for game two.
Parkland used a big third quarter run to pull ahead and then held off a strong Canary push in the fourth quarter.
Sam Iorio led the way for Parkland with 28 points while Michael Zeky was also clutch, chipping in with 14. Allen was led by Talek Williams who had 22 points while Tyrese Martin added 17.
Parkland and Pocono Mountain West will play Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the District 11 final. Allen and Emmaus will play Saturday at noon in the consolation game. Both contests will be at Easton.
Be sure to check the Parkland Press and East Penn Press for more after this weekend’s games.