Roughs conclude boys basketball season
Catasauqua head boys' basketball coach Eric Snyder believes his team's season began to take a downward spiral after they dropped an opening-game to Nazareth.
But he also saw a follow-up 78-47 defeat to Bangor as a further sign of trouble to come.
As a result, the Roughies never could recover and finished with an overall 4-18 record.
"We played so well against Nazareth," recalled Snyder. "Our guys were pretty pumped because we were right there with them. But then we went to Bangor and really got crushed. That might have been the dagger that set the pace for the rest of the season."
Consequently, the Roughies dropped their next two games by lopsided scores before they rebounded with a win over Pen Argyl.
"We beat Pen Argyl, but we didn't build on it," added Snyder. "We then had some double-digit losses and our confidence level went down."
In further looking back at the season, Snyder cited a close 48-46 loss at Northern Lehigh as another emotional collapse. Ironically, the Roughies won two of their next three games.
"If we won there, we could have had a nice winning streak and gained some momentum," said Snyder. "That was probably the final dagger for us. We just couldn't get in sync this year. We just couldn't put it all together at the right time."
Snyder also alluded to the missing presence of center Kevin Bond, who missed several games this season.
"He was our man in the middle, but we didn't have him in there enough," said Snyder. "He is unbelievable on how he can block shots. He must have blocked 8 to 10 shots against Southern Lehigh. We never could get him into a rhythm with being healthy."
Snyder did gain some solace in his team's senior night 65-50 victory over Northern Lehigh in which the seniors played most of the first half and into the third quarter.
He noted the play of senior Andrew Gehringer, who had a double-double, 10-point, 10-rebound effort. Gehringer also got the start in the team's finale at Northwestern.
"He (Gehringer) really did work the boards and down low," said Snyder. "We didn't quite know what he could do, but he had a great game. All of the seniors played really well, and it made me feel good to watch them play that well.
"It was a rewarding and enjoyable game for the seniors."
Losing four starters and one key reserve to graduation, Snyder will look to returnees Bond, Isiah Graves, Shaquon Mason, Cory Hicks, Miguel Hernandez, Nate Pontician, Colin Hawk, and Andrew Brett among a host of others to help rebuild the program.
Snyder also sees five freshmen from the JV team to be contributors next winter.
"It will be a S&S season, meaning it will be seniors and sophomores next season," said Snyder. "Our juniors will also need to work. We'll get back to work in the summer with the league and tournaments.
"This was a season we didn't expect and we can build from here."