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Catty beats Knights

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by James bunting Special to the Press in Sports

The Catasauqua boys basketball team experienced a tale of two halves - twice last week.

Isiah Graves led Catasauqua to one of the most exciting halves of basketball in recent Lehigh Valley memory in the Jan. 13 contest against Northampton.

The senior guard scored 15 of Catty’s first 18 points and finished the first half with 26 points. With less than five seconds remaining in the second quarter, he corralled an inbound pass from Catty’s baseline and calmly sank a 55-foot buzzer beater to send the CHS Gymnasium into a frenzy.

Then the halftime whistle blew.

Unfortunately for Graves and the Rough Riders, that momentum failed to carry over to the second half. Northampton outscored Catty 40-25 over the final two periods and Graves was limited to five points in the second half to give the K-Kids a 75-64 win.

Northampton senior Aidan Ellwood scored a career-high 35 points.

When the Rough Riders resumed Colonial League play on Monday, Jan. 15 against Pen Argyl, they became the beneficiary of a second half run.

Trailing by one entering the fourth quarter, Catty outscored the Green Knights 22-3 in the final period for a 58-40 victory. Graves finished the contest with 23 points.

Robert Oppidasano, Cullen Bond and Miguel Hernandez each chipped in eight points.

Freshman Derek Troxell continues to see increased minutes for coach Eric Snyder. The 5-10 guard scored five points in each game, including a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter against Pen Argyl.

With a 9-2 record in the conference, Catty holds a 2.5-game lead in the Colonial League’s West Division. The Rough Riders face three-straight upcoming road games with trips to Southern Lehigh, Wilson, and Palmerton.