Boys top Moravian, Salisbury
The Catasauqua boys basketball team has put up some flashy games on offense this season, scoring 84 points against Notre Dame-Green Pond, 73 at Northwestern, and 69 against Palmerton.
But in order to hold off Moravian Academy on Jan. 6, coach Eric Snyder knew the game needed to be won on defense.
The Rough Riders defeated the Lions 59-52, less than 20 hours after beating Salisbury the night before. Catty improved to 8-2 overall and 7-1 in the Colonial League.
Moravian forward Peter Chiaradia was unstoppable at times in the first half, scoring 13 points to keep the Lions within four at halftime.
After some halftime adjustments, Chiaradia was held to eight second half points, with most of them coming at the free throw line.
“We fronted him (Chiaradia) a little more and we three-quartered him, a combination of both, and we got a little more help coming down,” Snyder said. “We made an adjustment because they were getting some really nice high-lows.”
Senior Isiah Graves finished with 29 points to lead the Rough Riders in scoring. Cullen Bond added 12 points, with nine of them coming in the second half.
Catty led by two after the first quarter, four at halftime, and three after the third quarter. The Lions kept the game close throughout, but were never able to close the gap in the fourth quarter.
If he is able to stay on his current path, Graves will soon find himself on the school’s top-5 scoring list. According to Snyder, the 6-foot guard has handled the increased attention well.
“He’s actually taken the bull by the horns,” Snyder said. “He has upped his game where he passes well now. He didn’t see the floor well because he always had his head down and went to the rim. Now, he’s playing better defense.”
The Rough Riders host Northern Lehigh on Friday, Jan. 12 and Pen Argyl on Monday, Jan. 15.