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Snyder liked Cedar Beach efforts

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Catasauqua head boys’ basketball coach Eric Snyder was impressed with his team’s showing in the recent prestigious Cedar Beach Bash as well as their overall showing in the Catty leagues this summer.

He also sees his team developing chemistry and depth, two key elements that could help produce a favorable winter season.

“It went well,” said Snyder of the Cedar Beach Bash in which his team had a 2-2 record. “We played very well against North Schuylkill as we beat them by 30. We then faced (Allentown) Central Catholic and they dominated us. We tried playing a zone, but they were bigger and very physical.

“We came back and beat Liberty’s B team before we lost to Whitehall. Overall, I like how we looked and played.”

Returning leading scorer Isaiah Graves injured his leg in the opening half against North Schuylkill and he didn’t return to action in the tournament. Snyder stated the injury was a deep thigh bruise.

Jalen Green, who was the team’s second-leading scorer, has continued to battle an ongoing ankle problem and he is expected to have surgery soon. Green, who likely would miss the football season, should be ready in time for the opening of practice.

“He (Graves) and Jalen (Green) are our best two options to score,” said Snyder. “Without them in the lineup, we usually have trouble scoring. They both make us go.”

Still, Snyder likes the constant development of his squad.

Andrew Brett, Cam Ritter, D’Angelo Martinez, and Andrew Martinez all have been steady contributors.

“Brett and Ritter are always hustling and just seem to be all over the court,” added Snyder. “D’Angelo Martinez had hit some big shots for us and when he is on, he can carry us. Andrew Martinez has been doing a great job at both ends of the court and can really lead a break.”

Cullen Bond and Joey Sparacello have been providing size down low.

“Cullen Bond has been playing very well and he has been playing the middle more,” said Snyder. “He (Bond) is playing excellent defense and blocking shots. He can also step out and hit a three-pointer.

“Joey (Sparacello) can be a physical presence down low. He can also pass the ball well.”

With a seemingly expanding lineup and bench, the Roughies could be a factor in the winter’s Colonial League race.

“Our guys have been working hard and improving,” said Snyder. “If that continues, we’ll see what happens this winter.”