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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBZach Sabol and the Hornet boys basketball team spent a few days in Florida over the holiday break. The team went 2-1 on the trip. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBZach Sabol and the Hornet boys basketball team spent a few days in Florida over the holiday break. The team went 2-1 on the trip. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_

EHS boys go 2-1 in Fla.

Saturday, January 5, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

While the week between Christmas and New Years is a time when many local high school basketball teams to compete in local holiday tournaments, the Emmaus boys basketball team spent the days after Christmas in Orlando, Florida.

The Green Hornets spent five days in the Sunshine State and plaed three games while down south. They won two of the three games against opponents from three different states.

Last Thursday, Emmaus defeated Enka High School from North Carolina, 60-42. The Hornets lost on Friday, 73-70 to Monsignor Farrell of New York. It marked their first loss of the season.

Emmaus capped its tournament on Saturday with an 89-52 victory over Tiverton from Rhode Island.

“It was a good experience for our entire program, players and coaches,” said Hornet assistant coach Eric Farkas. “We were able to play against different and quality competition from all across the East Coast that will only benefit us this year and moving forward.”

The Green Hornets (8-1) received 72 percent of their scoring in the win against Enka from senior forwards Mark Swedberg (24 points) and Zach Sabol (19 points).

Sabol and Ethan Parvel led Emmaus with 14 points each against Farrell. Swedberg recorded 12 points. Cameron Brooks contributed nine and Bryce Diehl had eight points.

After the defeat to Monsignor Farrell, Emmaus bounced back less than 24 hours later behind four players recording double-digits in scoring. Sabol led the way with another 19-point effort, followed by Diehl with 17. Swedberg and Parvel each contributed 14 points for Emmaus in its final game in Florida. Mason Boyd and Josh Moyer, scored eight and six points, respectively.

A 2-1 record in the three-game trip is great, but the team was also able to spend some time bonding.

“We went down to Universal Park Studios, which was awesome,” Farkas said. “It was great team bonding and for the guys to be able to spend some time with each other and have fun.”

Emmaus is back in action in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference this Thursday night against Stroudsburg at 7 p.m. at Emmaus High School. The Hornets follow that with a game at Bethlehem Catholic (6-2) Saturday at 7 p.m.