Catty healthy just in time
Regardless of the sport, whenever a team experiences an extended layoff, the question when they return is always, “Are they rested or are they rusty?”
The Catasauqua boys basketball team showed that the rest was much-needed in their 75-60 win over Northern Lehigh in the District XI 3A quarterfinals.
With two weeks off between their Colonial League playoff defeat to Wilson and their district playoff opener, Coach Eric Snyder got a slew of guys back that he wasn’t expecting to return this season.
Senior Cullen Bond was injured in the Jan. 27 game against Salisbury and missed the last three games of the regular season and the Colonial League quarterfinal. Freshman Derek Troxell was battling an ankle injury and did not get medically cleared until two days before the contest. Senior Miguel Hernandez spent the week before the game in Florida to be with his ailing grandfather.
All three scored and contributed in the Rough Riders’ wire-to-wire win over the Bulldogs.
Sophomore Jaylen Green scored Catty’s first ten points of the game, but after that, the Rough Riders attacked Northern Lehigh with a balanced arsenal on offense.
Green, Robert Oppidasano, and Isiah Graves all reached double-digits by halftime, where the Rough Riders led 36-25.
Oppidasano hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer before the halftime horn. At 6-2, the sophomore is learning how to become a tough matchup for opposing defenses at the varsity level.
“He’s going to the basket more,” Coach Snyder said. “He’s more comfortable going to the basket and we’ve really emphasized that.”
Brandon Hess led the Bulldogs with 16 points. Gio Colon and Nate Keller each added 14 for Northern Lehigh.