Sabol leads Hornets past Huskies
For a few weeks in the middle of the season, the Emmaus boys basketball team missed it’s big man, as junior forward Zach Sabol was sidelined with an ankle injury. He recently returned and had one of the best games of his career last week against Dieruff.
Sabol pulled in 31 rebounds, to go along with 18 points in a 60-44 victory over the Huskies in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference game at Emmaus High School. The 31 rebounds were the most that Sabol has recorded during his three years on the varsity, and may be an Emmaus record for rebounds in a game.
He grabbed 11 offensive rebounds to go with 20 on the defensive glass.
“That’s our big fella,” said Emmaus head coach Steve Yoder. “Zach gives you his all and is really a force to be reckon with. We’re so glad to have him back, and he is a big part of our success.”
The two teams struggled to put the ball in the basket in the first half, combining to score just 45 points between the two of them at halftime. The Hornets (9-8 overall, 5-7 EPC) shot 5-for-12 from the field in the first quarter and 5-for-17 in the second quarter. The Huskies (8-9, 2-9) shot even worse, going 4-for-18 in the first quarter and 5-for-13 in the second.
“We know that our shots aren’t always going to fall, and when they don’t we need to find other ways to score,” said Sabol. “Playing good defense and rebounding can help lead to easier baskets.”
Sabol had eight points and 13 rebounds in the first half, and senior Cole Ferguson helped had six points on two 3-pointers while grabbing five rebounds in the first half.
Emmaus led Dieruff 24-21 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Hornets began to pull away. They used a 12-0 run in the first five minutes to open a 36-21 lead. They also held the Huskies without a field goal until there was 1:45 left to play in the third and led 40-25 heading into the final quarter.
“That third quarter was big for us,” Sabol said. “It was a close game at halftime and we knew that with the way we were shooting, anything could happen. We knew we had to go on a run and distance ourselves and give ourselves a better chance to win.”
Emmaus kept the momentum rolling in the fourth. With seven points from junior Bryce Diehl (nine total), who was held scoreless in the first half, and six from Sabol in the fourth quarter, the Green Hornets’ lead never shrunk lower than 12 over the final eight minutes.
With a little over a week left in the regular season, Emmaus still needs to take care of business to secure another District 11 tournament berth.
“It was an important win for us,” said Sabol. “Any win is an important one, but especially this late in the season against a good opponent and with us needing wins. It will hopefully help us moving forward.”
Junior Cam Brooks had eight points and four assists, while senior Josh Artis added seven points and three rebounds. Mark Swedberg contributed six points and five rebounds.