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Boys summer season winds down as dust settles in Catty Adult League

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

With a major tournament on the horizon, Catasauqua’s playground men’s basketball league is also winding down its season. The 10-team league playoffs began in July and recently concluded leading up to the start of the Tournament of Champions, which begins next week (see related story above).

Ohlson Landscaping defeated the Nites 76-70 to win the Catty League title. They advance to the TOC along with the Blue Monkey, which was the regular season champ.

In the opening round of the playoffs, tenth-seeded Marc’s Auto won by forfeit over seventh-seeded PenTeleData and eighth-seeded Daku dumped ninth-seeded Quality Cleaners.

Marc’s Auto features member of the current Catasauqua boys’ basketball team, such as Isaiah Graves, Cullen Bond and Cam Ritter, who all have had good summers. Daku dips in to the past and is led by former Roughies’ standouts Andrew Armellino, Matt Morton and Josh Yoo. Shaquan Mason, another former Roughie standout, paced Quality Cleaners.

Blue Monkey features former Roughies’ Josh Case, Alex Parker, Brandon Purrone, and James Snyder, as well as former Northampton players Derek and Phil Hall and Garrett Oplinger.

Despite not making it to the TOC, Snyder is happy with how his kids played this summer.

“Our guys have been working hard,” said Snyder about his team’s play during the summer. “Cullen Bond has really improved. He (Bond) has been playing well in all aspects of the game. His intensity is there and he continues to block shots and pass the ball well.

“Cam Ritter just goes out there and plays hard. He has become more of an offensive threat as he is going to the basket.”

Along with the summer league, the Roughies participated in SportsFest in Allentown.

Catty began play with Class 6A state champion Reading and lost 81-28. They then met East Brunswick (NJ) Saturday afternoon and managed to win that game 47-44, before falling to Easton Saturday evening, 58-44.

“It certainly was an interesting draw for us,” added Snyder about SportsFest. “We’ll have a challenge and our work cut out for us.”

The Catty playground will end its summer of basketball when it will play host to the annual Tournament of Champions from August 7 through August 10.