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Press photo by Linda RothrockIsaiah Graves and the Rough Riders look to be headed back to the postseason. Press photo by Linda RothrockIsaiah Graves and the Rough Riders look to be headed back to the postseason.

Boys look to finish strong

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

On paper, it appears Catasauqua’s two-year drought from District 11 play subsequently will end.

The Roughies began the final two weeks of the season with an overall 8-11 record and an 8-8 slate in the Colonial League. More importantly, they were seated third in the District 11 Class 3A playoff bracket. Four teams will make the bracket from the district.

“We had some nice wins,” said head coach Eric Snyder, whose team won three games last week. “We are in a good spot for districts right now and we could even move up to the second spot. We want to be able to finish strong and as high as we can.”

The Roughies likely had their most productive week of the season, snapping an eight-game losing streak in the process. They trampled Wilson, 74-51, downed Palmerton, 54-40, and edged Salisbury in the final seconds, 57-56.

A standout throughout all three games was junior guard Isaiah Graves, who averaged 30 points during the stretch. He had 34 points against Wilson, 27 against Palmerton, and 29 against Salisbury including a pair of free throws with nine seconds remaining that sealed the victory. Jalen Green and Andrew Brett both have developed into effective secondary scorers.

Graves began the year with 405 points and likely will near the 1,000-point plateau. He began the year averaging the needed 30-point per game mark and has been among the leading scorers in the Lehigh Valley.

“Isaiah (Graves) has been getting his points lately in the paint,” said Snyder. “He earlier missed a pair of free throws in the Salisbury game and was down on himself. It was good to see him redeem himself.

“He is going to the hole and has been penetrating more to the basket.”

The Roughies also remain in the running for a spot in the Colonial League tournament, a role they also played two years ago in the final against Notre Dame. They have league games left against Moravian Academy and Northwestern along with a non-league tilt against Notre Dame East Stroudsburg.

If Catty beats Moravian Academy, they can strengthen their case for a league playoff spot. Moravian Academy still has games remaining against Southern Lehigh and Bangor. The Roughies began the week a game behind Moravian Academy in the league’s West Division.

“We just have keep playing like we have lately,” added Snyder. “We want to finish the season on a high note.”