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Press photo by Linda RothrockAndrew Brett and the Roughs still eye a playoff berth. Press photo by Linda RothrockAndrew Brett and the Roughs still eye a playoff berth.

Boys look to end their skid

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Over the past two seasons, Catasauqua’s boys’ basketball team dealt with the issue of putting the ball in the basket. The Roughies struggled with their scoring in spurts throughout both of those seasons and found themselves on the outside of district playoff berths.

This year, the trend reversed itself. In the early part of the season, Catty has little trouble finding the mark as they rolled out to a 5-3 start.

Lately, though, history has been repeating itself.

The Roughies are in the midst of a five-game skid, most recently a 59-44 defeat at Northampton that left them with an overall 5-8 mark and a 5-6 slate in the Colonial League.

In the Northampton game, Catty trailed 36-33 with three minutes left in the third quarter, but their shooting then resembled the recent cold spell that engulfed the area.

Northampton responded with an 18-0 spurt, a run in which the Roughies missed 21 shots. Isaiah Graves (25) and Jalen Green (14) accounted for 39 of the Roughies’ 44 total points against the Konkrete Kids.

“We just haven’t been able to score,” said Catty head coach Eric Snyder. “We have to get some more help with our scoring. When we are a little bit more balanced, we are better off. In the third quarter against Northampton, we went four minutes without scoring.

“We haven’t been able to knock down anything on a consistent basis. Teams have been shutting down the middle and collapsing inside to try and stop (Graves and Green) from driving. We need to have some other people step up.”

Snyder also was displeased with the team’s showing against Moravian Academy (56-36) and Northern Lehigh (55-48), whom they played the night before their afternoon game at Northampton.

“We were flat against Moravian Academy,” he said. “I thought that could be a win for us. I spoke to them about 20 minutes after that game about our effort and focus. We came out and played hard against Northern Lehigh and our intensity level was there.

“But you can’t will them to make shots. They have to do it.”

Snyder has been pleased with the recent play of Green, who recently starting wearing glasses. He has been plagued most of the season with a bad ankle.

“He (Green) is shooting much better,” said Snyder of the freshman who looms as the team’s second scoring option. “He still is hobbling around on the ankle, but he can help us.”

Despite the recent drought, the Roughies still find themselves in the running for a Class 3A district berth. They traveled to Pen Argyl Tuesday and Lehighton Wednesday before they will host Southern Lehigh Saturday afternoon.

“We need to get some wins,” stated Snyder. “If we can shoot the ball better, we will be in a good situation.”