Hornets are 7-1 in summer league
With the school year wrapped up, boys varsity summer league basketball is beginning to heat up.
This weekend begins the first of two major local summer basketball tournaments, with the Cedar Beach Showcase, otherwise known as the Bash at the Beach, opening up its double-elimination style format Thursday.
But teams have been going at it in the Cedar Beach Summer League for weeks. The league wrapped up its first half of the regular season last Thursday.
The Emmaus boys will enter this weekend’s tournament on a high note, coming off a win last Thursday. The Hornets kept their winning ways going with a 53-31 victory over Pocono Mountain East to improve to 7-1.
“I see the hunger in their eyes,” said summer league head coach Eric Farkas. “In years past, they’ve just been happy winning some games and getting to compete, but I think these seniors are tired of that attitude and want to win every game. Winning championships starts with winning in the summer. We want this play to translate to the winter.”
Those seniors that Farkas mentioned include returning starters Bryce Diehl and Zach Sabol. Sabol led all scorers with 15 points against the Cardinals, while Diehl added 11 points.
The Hornets return a strong rising senior class. Cameron Brooks is also a returning starter, and Mark Swedberg and Devon Boyko saw meaningful minutes off the bench last season and will be relied upon more this year. Swedberg tallied 11 points in Thursday’s win.
Emmaus and PM East traded baskets for much of the first 10 minutes of the first half. With the Green Hornets ahead 19-16 midway through, they ended the half on a 12-4 run to take a 31-20 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Emmaus never let the Cardinals within 13 points and had an advantage as high as 26 points.
“We preached at halftime about our energy level,” said Farkas. “I thought our energy in the first half was okay, but it could’ve been better. I challenged the seniors, especially Bryce and Zach, among others, and I needed them to step up. They did it defensively, and it helped translate into offense for the guys. When we play good defense, a lot of times we get what we want on offense. It was a fun game to watch.”
Emmaus concludes the first half of summer league play in second place in the Big School Division, tied with Easton and a half game behind first place Wilson West Lawn (7-0).