Hot Hornets are ready for this week’s A-town Throwdown
Four days after playing in the championship game of the Cedar Beach ‘Bash at the Beach’ Tournament, the Emmaus boys basketball team continued its hot start to the summer.
Playing with just seven players, the Green Hornets took down Dieruff by double digits, defeating the Huskies 63-48 in Lehigh Valley basketball summer league last Thursday evening inside the Whitehall High School Auxiliary Gymnasium.
Dieruff (5-3 overall) was another team that has impressed so far this summer, showing up well and winning games in both the summer league and the Bash at the Beach. But even with a roster half the size of the Green Hornets’, the Huskies were unable to stop the winning ways of Emmaus.
“It’s been a great summer for us so far,” said sophomore guard Danny Bohman. “We know what we’re capable of when we play at our best. The way we played in the tournament last weekend is what we expect. It was great to have so much success there and come right back at it and get a win here tonight.”
Bohman, who played the final half of last season on the varsity, will be looked at as a heavy contributor this season. And if his last few weeks of summer ball have any indication, he will pick up the game just fine.
“Just the pace of the game and the athleticism of the opposing players,” said Bohman of what he needs to adjust his game to the varsity level. “I came on later in the year, but am just getting a lot of my varsity experience here this summer. It has been good for me getting to play in big time games without the pressures of the winter season.”
Bohman also had plenty of time on the court to improve his skills on Thursday, as he rarely exited the court because of the small Emmaus roster in the game. He finished with 12 points and facilitated the offense for the Green Hornets.
Senior Zach Sabol tallied a game-high 22 points in the victory. He scored 16 of his 22 in the first half as Emmaus (9-1) quickly separated itself from Dieruff.
With the score tied at 14-14, the Hornets went on a 12-1 run to push their lead to 26-15. They maintained the double-digit lead throughout the remainder of the half, leading 36-23 at halftime.
Midway through the second half, Emmaus saw its lead shrink to just six, 48-42. But it finished off the game on a 15-6 run to pull out the victory.
“A big part of it tonight was just running our offense and moving the ball,” Bohman said. “We knew that we were all going to have to play a lot of minutes, so we had to play smart. I think moving the ball around and looking for good shots helped our offense tonight.”
Emmaus will now compete in the second summer showcase tournament, the A-town Throwdown event at Cedar Beach this weekend, beginning on Thursday.