Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Mission Accomplished

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Boys achieve one goal: a District 11 berth

Catasauqua’s basketball team reached one major goal with their 58-40 win over Pen Argyl Monday night.

The Roughies clinched a District 11 3A playoff berth as they raised their overall record to 10-4 and 9-2 in the Colonial League. Catty leads the league’s Western Division and is seeded second in the Class 3A power rankings behind Valley Forge Military Academy.

It was a relief to clinch one of their goals this season.

“It was nice to clinch early,” said head coach Eric Snyder. “That was one of our goals. We have to keep winning to stay in the top three seeding (in the district).”

Against Pen Argyl, Isaiah Graves continued his scoring assault as he was the game’s high scorer with 23 points. Graves has been the area’s leading scorer throughout the season, as he is averaging close to 28 point per contest.

“Isaiah (Graves) is an exciting player to watch,” said Snyder. “He can take over a game and is a very talented offensive player.

“But he has really developed his overall game as he is playinggood defense for us. He is taking charge and his teammates are feeding off him.”

Graves had 31 points in a 75-64 loss to Northampton in a game that reheated the rivalry between the two teams that is generally reserved for football.

In the game, Northampton’s Aidan Elwood had a career-high 35 points in the offensive show between the two standouts.

“It was a very loud and excited crowd that made the place feel like a playoff atmosphere,” said Snyder of the game that was held at Catasauqua. “Graves and Elwood matched baskets most of the game until they held Graves scoreless in the fourth quarter.”

Along with Graves, the Roughies consistently have been receiving scoring contributions from Jaylen Green, Cullen Bond, Robert Oppidasano, and Derek Troxell.

It has been one of the deepest squads for Snyder in recent years.

“Oppidasano has been a surprise and has been playing well,” said Snyder. “We have been getting contributions from a number of players scoring as well as players doing the little things like Andrew Brett.

“Green has been doing a nice job on the boards and Bond is doing a nice job down low for us.”

Snyder is optimistic his club can keep the momentum moving forward to further solidify their position. The Roughies will hit the road for their next three games at Southern Lehigh (Friday), Wilson (Tuesday), and Palmerton (Thursday).

“Another one of our goals is to keep winning and get into the Colonial League playoffs,” said Snyder. “But it is still nice to know that your season is extended and we will be playing in late February.”