Boys look to execute
Catasauqua head boys basketball coach Eric Snyder recognizes his team's problems, but he is just waiting for his players to solve them.
After they gained their first win of the season against Pen Argyl two nights earlier, the Roughies dropped a 64-46 to archrival Northampton last Saturday night that left them with a 1-5 record.
Catty hosted Southern Lehigh Monday night and traveled to Lehighton Dec. 30 before they resume league play against Wilson Jan 2.
For Snyder, it has simply been a matter of executing. The Roughies fell behind 33-15 at halftime to Northampton as they hit only five of 18 shots before halftime.
"We're just not good right now," said Snyder, who is in his 23rd season at the helm. "We're not patient on offense and we're not executing. When we're not patient on offense, we revert to playing one-on-one.
"We also need to play with intensity all the time."
Junior center Kevin Bond led the Roughies with 11 points and senior Dakota Schiffer chipped in with eight points.
"Kevin (Bond) played with intensity throughout most of the game," said Snyder. "When he brings his whole game, (Bond) can be a force out there. They all have to be intense throughout the whole game."
Snyder also noticed a difference in Northampton, which recorded its fourth win, one more than they had last season.
Garret Oplinger led the K-Kids with a game-high 22 points, as his team extended its lead to as many as 30 points in the second half.
"They (Northampton) had six-threes at halftime," said Snyder. "(Garrett) Oplinger can go down low and he can also step out and shoot. They have more size and are more physical.
"It's always a battle with them and we beat them in overtime last year."
Snyder is grateful to face Lehighton after Christmas or his team would have an 11-day layoff before getting back into action.
"It will be a blessing for us," he said. "It's difficult to sit that long without a game. Practice will be good, but we need to get a game in there."
Snyder does remain optimistic his club can reverse its early fate as the Roughies traditionally have been a second-half team. They were 5-5 after Christmas last season, and they then won 11 of their last 13 games before losing to Notre Dame in the district final.
"These guys have to start believing in themselves," noted Snyder. "We'll get back at it and see what happens."