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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZEmmaus’ Josh Artis puts up a shot during a summer league game at Cedar Beach. Copyright - Nancy Scholz                                          PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZEmmaus’ Josh Artis puts up a shot during a summer league game at Cedar Beach. Copyright - Nancy Scholz

Boys reach Sunday at Throwdown

Friday, July 21, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

The Emmaus boys basketball team was on the wrong end of its opening game of the Sportsfest A-town Throwdown. The lost 68-39 to perennial power Constitution High School of Philadelphia.

Emmaus bounced back, winning both of its remaining two games in pool play to qualify for Sunday’s playoffs. The Hornets’ run ended that day, falling to eventual semifinalist Northampton. Hornet head coach Steve Yoder saw more positives than negatives over the weekend.

“We didn’t look or play like the way I know we can on Thursday,” said Yoder on the opening loss. “That’s not what I wanted to see, but I knew we would play better than that, and they did. I was glad to see how they bounced back the rest of the weekend.”

On Saturday afternoon, Emmaus was in a close game with Cardinal O’Hara. Behind the play of Cole Ferguson, Josh Artis, Bryce Diehl and Cameron Brooks, the Green Hornets held on for a two-point victory 39-37, their first of Sportsfest.

Playing without starting forward Zach Sabol, Emmaus kept its momentum going, winning their final game of the group stage later that day 46-24 against Notre Dame Green Pond.

“You could tell today (Saturday) that we were focused, everyone was loose,” said Brooks. “We had a bitter taste in our mouths from the loss on Thursday, and we wanted to prove we’re better than that. I commend all of the guys in the lineup and off of the bench for the way they came out and played today.”

Brooks is somewhat of a new face for Emmaus fans. After four straight years of David Kachelries running the offense, Brooks has taken the keys as the point guard of the team, and so far this summer he has shown he can handle the task.

“My confidence came from playing against the twins (David and Matt Kachelries) every day at practice,” Brooks said. “I have learned a lot from them, and am trying to bring that to my game. The whole team looked up to them and learned a lot from them. You can see with the way that some of the other younger guys have stepped up their games because of that too.”

The Green Hornets just didn’t have enough to slow down a hot Northampton team that won all three of their games during the group stage, and then also advanced to the final four of the tournament after beating Emmaus and Nazareth.

With both of the major tournaments behind them, the Hornets look to finish the remainder of the summer league season strong.