Still alive for CL berth
The Catasauqua boys can still get in the Colonial League playoffs, but they need help.
Catty took care of business Tuesday night with a win over Northern Lehigh (see below) to stay alive. Catasauqua and Salisbury are currently tied for the second wild card spot in the Colonial League.
Wilson won the Colonial League South Division with a 63-50 win over Salisbury Tuesday night. The Warriors (14-1, 20-1) are the number one seed for the Colonial League Tournament. Notre Dame of Green Pond clinched one wild card spot Tuesday night with a 67-34 win over Palisades.
Bangor (12-3) should win the North Division and a second place seed with a win over archrival Pen Argyl (1-13) to close the season.
Salisbury hosts Southern Lehigh while Catty hosts Northwestern to close out their seasons. If both teams win or lose, by virtue of head-to-head competition, Salisbury would get the final playoff spot. So, the Roughies will need to win and hope Salisbury falls to the Spartans.
It doesn't matter who starts the game, it's who is in the game when it's on the line.
Paryss Marshall was in the right place at the right time. Without breaking strike the 6-1 junior made a steal and took it to the house, and after taking a breath, calmly sank a free throw with 14 seconds to play up in Slatington on Tuesday night to give Catasauqua High School a 52-49 come-from-behind win.
Catty has now won eight straight games. The Rough Riders ran with the Dawgs in the first period trailing 14-11. The Bulldogs ran past the Brown and White for a 32-21 second period lead. Northern Lehigh had the lead up to 13 points in the second half.
But, the Roughie defense held Northern Lehigh to four third period points to start the comeback. Catty got itself right back in the game as a result and traided just 36-34 after three quarters of play.
Marshall paced Catty High with 13 points as the Brown and White improved to 15-6 overall. Senior shooting guard Zac Edwards burnt the cord for 12 points making four threes. Point guard Brandon Purrone hit for double figures putting up ten points, one on a three.
Edwards broke the 100 career three-point barrier with his efforts. The four gave him a total of 41 for the year and now 102 for his varsity career.
"We are on a roll," Edwards said.
Catty shot 7-for-9 from the charity stripe. Brandon Purrone swished five of six attempts.
Bulldog Josh Eden pumped in 18 points for Nolehi. Caleb Johnson added 12. Matt Egan accounted for 11. Tyler Dibilio made two treys and two foul shots.
Catty countered with scoring from seniors Tony Brinkley with eight, Alex Parker five and Jarrid Strong four.
The boys really helped their Colonial League playoff chances with a win over the Slaters.
The Roughies were a team on a mission and their athleticism took over as they went up to Bangor last Friday night to defeat the North Division leader, 54-50 in overtime.
A tightly contested game that was tied at half-time. The Roughies finally had a narrow 40-38 lead after three periods of play.
"Our kids really played with heart and intensity and focus," Coach Snyder said. "Down the stretch, our team defense was excellent. Everyone was helping out each other and that prevented two, last-second shots, one at the end of regulation and one at the end of OT."
Bangor did not score the last two minutes of regulation nor did they score in OT, helping Catty to the victory.
"We played our best when we were running the break and pushing the ball up the court," Snyder added. "However, Zac Edwards made some nice post entry passes to Jarrid. Strong and Jarrid was able to finish in the paint with either a bucket or foul shots or both."
Snyder added that Paryss Marshall was able to slash in and out of the lane against the Bangor zone and hit a couple big baseline jumpers. He said forward Alex Parker also got into the lane and more often to the rim for some key baskets. Junior point guard Brandon Purrone controlled the tempo and his ability to penetrate their zone from the top of the key and find the open man was very instrumental in many of our baskets, Snyder said. Anthony Brinkley was very active around the boards keeping many rebounds, he added.
Senior Jarrid Strong had one of the best games of his career netting 22 points for the Brown and White as Bangor really clamped down on Anthony Brinkley, who only made a free throw in the contest.
The Roughies did put three players in double figures as the driving Parker and Marshall both Parker and Marshall both hit for ten points. The football players athleticism was key. Purrone did a yeoman like job getting the ball to his teammates while adding five points.
Senior forward Alex Colton showed why he is one of the most prolific scorers in the Colonial League getting 17 points for Bangor. Colton is a rebounder and a good passer as well. Jeremy Ringland was a good complement to him adding 15 and he popped a trey to go with it. He averages 12.2 points per game.
Even though Catty won. Salisbury came from behind to win a league playoff spot as Falcons Ty Cooperman banked in a shot for a 56-54 win over Notre Dame Green Pond.
Bangor is 11-3 (7-1) in Colonial League and Catty is 10-4 (7-1). The Roughies have already made districts and boast a 14-6 record overall. Wilson is 13-1 (7-1), NDGP is 11-3 (6-2) Salisbury is 11-3 (6-2)
The Catty boys host the Tigers from Northwestern, currently scheduled Friday night, for Senior Night.
Catasauqua High School is number one in the power rankings in Class AA in District XI going into Tuesday night's contests 14-6 overall and 10-4 in the league over second seed Notre Dame of Green Pond 12-8 and 11-3. North Schuylkill is third at 14-6 and Williams Valley takes the fourth slot with a 15-5 mark.