Boys fall to Bangor
Bangor won its 34th out of 35th Colonial League games, 61-38, at Catasauqua High School on Tuesday night.
The Slaters and Roughies distributed the ball well, the difference was Catty only shot 20-percent in the first half and 30-percent overall.
Bangor had four players in double figures. Justin Ringland banged three treys on his way to 15 points. Freshman Michael Martino pumped in 12 points and made four assists. Colton Freeman, and the only returning starter from the Colonial League runners-up, Alex Colton, both popped in 10 points. Colton had eight rebounds. The Slaters outrebounded CHS 37-25 and scored six times after steals.
The Slaters stayed the course with a matchup zone defense. Catty threw three defenses at Bangor to no avail. Bangor scored off screens where as Catasauqua did not and the Roughies made eight turnovers in the first half.
Catty trailed by six after the first period, but Bangor went up 23-11 at intermission. Shane Reider scored Bangor's last four points of the half.
In the third period Colton scored eight points, while tickling the twine with two 3-balls.
Catty only made three buckets while in transition and also missed shots at the baseline. Three more turnovers in the first five minutes of the third quarter accented the Rough Riders demise. Catty went to an up-tempo offense and senior Zac Edwards scored eight points in the third quarter.
Edwards led all Roughie scorers with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists. Brandon Purrone netted nine points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Paryss Marshall had five points and five rebounds. Anthony Brinkley scored all four of his points in the second half and was held to three rebounds. Davey Wetherhold scored three points. Alex Parker's two cut the lead to 15 with three minutes to play in the game. Derrick Bond made two free throws. Center Jarrid Strong did not score had four rebounds and two blocked shots.
On Friday night Zac Edwards was having a Hall of Fame night of his own, sizzling the nylon at Pen Argyl High School.
Meanwhile, his father Robert "Yogi" Edwards was being inducted into Northern Lehigh's Hall of Fame. The younger Edwards scored 20 points in the first half while hitting five three pointers.
Zac's sister Hannah was texting back and forth with her parents Teresa and Robert. Catty won 69-36.
"This was the first game all year we played as a team," Zac said. "Everybody dished the ball off to the open man. We were hitting our shots. [Tony] Brinkley (18 points) was getting all the loose balls under the basket. He seemed to follow up on all missed shots."
It looked like the Catty Brotherhood rubbed off from football.
CHS head coach Eric Snyder said, "We were able to jump on Pen Argyl early on Friday night and get off to a great start, 33 points in the first quarter and 21 in the second quarter, gave us a 54-19 lead at the half.
"Our passing, making the extra pass, hitting the open man, pitching ahead, was clicking on Friday night. The teamwork on offense was the best it has been all year so far."
Brinkley was a man possessed under the rack. The senior knew he had to stop Nick Oyer, a 6-foot junior forward. Oyer was held scoreless. Edward Monastero was the only player to hit double figures for the Green Knights with 12 points that included two three-pointers.
"Our defense also led to many easy baskets as well," Snyder said. "We were able to pressure them into many mistakes that led to easy baskets.
"Also, Zac Edwards broke out of his slump and was able to make several 3 pointers that opened things up in the middle then for us. Anthony Brinkley did not miss from the field, 9-for-9, and that helped as well. The entire team played well in all aspects of the game."
The Rough Riders Paryss Marshall went downtown once and scored nine points. Seniors Jarrid Strong and Alex Parker scored eight and six points respectively. Starting guard Brandon Purrone added five. Backup sophomore guard Davey Wetherhold hit a three-ball. Derrick Bond who jumps out of his shoes did damage on the defensive boards.
Catty played with tenacity on defense as six Green Knights didn't even get in the book. Zach Hoffman netted seven. Austin Bender blocked three shots while putting up six points. Nathan Gillette, a 6-3 junior, also hit six. Chris Muller hit a trey and senior Kris Wentzell contributed a deuce.
Catty will soon face Northern LNorthern LehighNorthern. Lehigh, they are huge," said Snyder. "They have four guys 6-5 and better and they all can play."
Snyder is talking about Lucas Pierce and Caleb Johnson, who are both 6-6, are returning starters.
"They can control the boards, they are big and athletic, the run the floor extremely well," Snyder said. "They can pass and shoot from the perimeter, they pass the ball well and they are dominating inside."
Johnson is very athletic and is going to Harvard where he will play football.
"Northern Lehigh and Bangor are the preseason favorites to win our division (North)," Snyder added.