CHS wins 9th-straight
The Northwestern Lehigh game, even though it was Senior Night and moved up to Thursday night because of the impending snow storm, was a bit lethargic and lacked energy and intensity during the first half.
Despite that, the Roughies were able to overcome a slow start to win their ninth-straight game 52-44.
"The gym was very quiet, Northwestern controlled the ball with a slow and deliberate tempo, and we were not taking advantage of our scoring opportunities, thus the 22-14 halftime score," Snyder said.
Catty led just 11-10 after one period. In the second quarter the Tigers came out with a bite, taking the lead and getting to loose balls before Catty started to pull away.
CHS countered with seven points by seniors center Jarrid Strong and Tony Brinkley with six. Junior playmaker Brandon Purrone scored six. The Roughies outrebounded the Tigers 13-5 in the first half.
"We were able to pick up our intensity the second half and pull away to a comfortable 20 point lead and end senior night with a win," Snyder said.
Zac Edwards shot 5-of-7 from downtown for 15 points, all treys to lead the Rough Riders to a 16-6 regular season record and 12-4 in the Colonial League.
Snyder continued, "Anthony Brinkley (12) and Jarrid Strong (11) and Zac Edwards led the scoring as they all contributed in their own ways. Brinkley ran the floor and found the openings as Brandon Purrone found him at the open spots and Brinkley was able to convert."
Junior Brandon Purrone (8 points) was found by shooting guard Zac Edwards twice for scores one on a give-and-go. Strong played tough inside (7 rebounds) posting up and making some nice post moves to put points on the board and Edwards led the outside shooting with five threes to keep NWL honest.
Alex Parker, the fourth starting senior, was a demon on the boards (3) and was all over the court on defense, forcing turnovers, helping out as well as finishing on several fast breaks (3 assists), made a layup.
Paryss Marshall (4 pts.) made a steal and went rack to rack for a score to make it 39-22 in the fourth quarter then hit a jumper while cleaning the glass five times and swiping the ball twice more.
Jared Binder was the only Tiger in double figures with ten points and only three rebounds. Cam Richardson scored seven points.
Taylor Breininger a sophomore scored six. Josh Williamson, Mason Schuler and Brady Mengel all scored a three-pointer and finished with five points each. Rich Perry added four and David Wagner two free throws. NWL finished with a 7-16 record.
Kurt Wells, Justin Biviano, and Zach "Beez" Labezius, all seniors, played their last home game at CHS and were able to contribute during the fourth quarter.
Wells hustled all over the court picking up loose balls, rebounding and playing excellent defense.
Biviano was able to help with his passing and outside shooting abilities as he drew the offense away from the basket. "Beez" just hustled all over the court and was a crowd favorite as they cheered him on to hit a jump shot. Labezius did grab a defensive rebound.
Snyder gave credit to sophomore guard Davey Wetherhold, who has an extremely bright future. Wetherhold helped out in the last couple minutes of the 1st half giving Purrone a nice break and rest.
"Speaking of Purrone, he again led the offense as he runs the show getting the ball his teammates in the right position to score and due to his constant penetration is able to distribute the ball to the open man. His pressure and help on defense is also a big help to the team," Snyder said.
Ra'Von Burton, brought his hustle, intensity, desire, and just overall speed and quickness to create havoc on defense for NWL, and he also played pseudo point guard and helped run the offense, penetrate, and distribute the ball.
Derrick Bond was able to drive to the basket, block a few shots, and be a force on the boards.