Roughs fall to Nazareth
Catty fell to Nazareth 57-36 to open the season at the Catty High School Gym in a non-league contest.
"We did not have much on Nazareth because they had not played any games yet," said head coach Eric Snyder. "One of our scouts did see them scrimmage against Pius X and Pen Argyl."
Catty knew of Grant Searfoss, 16 points, and Austin Cordero, 11 points, and that they were good players.
"When they went to zone they outscored us 19-2. We went from four up to 13 down," Snyder said.
Catty led after the first period, but never reached double figures in the second period.
Six-foot, one-inch Ryan Dibilio (12 pts), along with the 6-4 Searfoss, shut down senior Jarrid Strong, holding him to four points. Nazareth is figured to finish in the middle of the pack in the Lehigh Valley Conference.
Senior Anthony Brinkley and junior Brandon Purrone were Catty's high scorers with seven points each. Senior Alex Parker (3 pointer) and junior Paryss Marshall both netted six points apiece. The Rough Riders had a terrible foul shooting night going 8-for-17.
Catasauqua's guards were held down by the Kassis brothers, Collin Kassis is a senior and J.J., a junior, both scored five points. Davey Wetherhold scored four. Zac Edwards and Kevin Bond both scored two points. Zach Labezius, Kurt Wells and Derrick Bond did not score.
The Roughies need some work after facing the 4A Eagles.
"We did not shoot well from the outside," Snyder said. "Our fears were confirmed that we really have to work on our zone offense and scoring in a half court set if we are not able to run off our defense. We must correct and fix and adjust our zone offense so we can be more efficient against a zone defense."
Snyder said Nazareth seemed to get to every 50-50 loose ball and rebound, and would like to see the Roughs care for the ball more.
"We were somewhat careless with the ball on offense with our passing and decision making in the flow of the game," Snyder said. "I thought we played fairly good defense. Our foul shooting needs improvement as well."
Senior Jarrid Strong scored seven of his 10 points in the first quarter in the Colonial League opener with Palmerton on Tuesday night. Brandon Purrone added five and made three steals as the Rough Riders rode hard over Palmerton 66-29.
Catasauqua coach Eric Snyder said, "We did what we had to do. They are a young team. We had several three-on-ones in which we didn't convert."
In the third quarter Purrone hit for nine points while dishing off to Paryss Marshall (9 pts.) and Zac Edwards, who hit his second three-ball and finished with eight. Anthony Brinkley (7) five second half points and rebounds. The lanky senior pulled down nine rebounds. Strong grabbed five boards off each end.
Davey Wetherhold lit it up in the fourth quarter with 10 points. Senior forward Kurt Wells scored five points and said, "It was a good game for us."
Justin Biviano, a 6-4 backup center, put in four points. Alex Parker, senior starting forward, played lockdown defense for the Brown and White and didn't score, but blocked two shots, whipped the ball twice to Purrone, one on a jailbreak as Catty went up 50-19 after three periods of play.
Every Rough Rider ended up in the positive statistics column. Derrick Bond, a senior swing player, grabbed three rebounds, made an assist and a steal. Younger brother Kevin, a 6-1 frosh, blocked a shot. Zach "Rudy" Labezius came up with a defensive rebound.
The Roughies offense has a few things to work on. Catty has a penchant for dribbling too much and could also use some more practice time at the charity stripe. The Roughies turned the ball over seven times to a hapless Palmerton squad.
Palmerton only shot 25-percent from the field 1-for-8 in threes, and were outrebounded by Catty 33-15. Spencer Hay led the Blue Bombers with 11 points and four rebounds. Mark Quinn added six. Matt Leaver put in four.
Next Tuesday CHS hosts Bangor. Wednesday night they travel to Lehighton. Next Friday Catasauqua hosts Northern Lehigh.
Catty then has eight days off until the Roughies travel up to Northampton for a single game. No tournament has been scheduled this year by the Konkrete Kids.