Second-half spurt lifts EHS
The Emmaus boys basketball team came alive after halftime and used a third-quarter spurt to win the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division game 52-49 last Friday night at Emmaus High School on senior night.
The Green Hornets, playing in their final home game of the 2018-19 regular season, honored a large number of seniors, eight total, before the game with the Kids. Josh Moyer, Bryce Diehl, Stefan Rollins, Cameron Brooks, Ethan Parvel, Mark Swedberg, Zach Sabol and Devon Boyko round out the 2019 senior class for the Emmaus program.
“To win on senior night felt like nothing else I’ve ever experienced,” said Swedberg. “I loved it. Having everyone there to see us play felt unreal.”
Swedberg finished with 15 points for the Hornets (15-3 overall, 10-2 EPC), with 11 of his points coming in the first half. Classmate Zach Sabol tallied a game-high 21 points. While the Green Hornets were led in the first half by Swedberg, they were guided by Sabol in the second half, as the senior forward netted 13 in the final 16 minutes.
“Zach and I are pretty close,” Swedberg said. “I see him as a brother because he’s always there to pick everyone up. Even in our daily lives.
“I wouldn’t say it’s just us down [under the basket]. I give a lot of props to our guards that are able to make the right passes every night. But Zach and I work well together because we both work so hard down low. If one of us missed a shot the other busts their butt to get the board and put it back up. We work out together a lot and do drills so we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses fairly well.”
It was a tight, back-and-forth first half as both teams traded punches on both ends of the court. The score was tied 14-14 after the first quarter and Emmaus held a slim one-point lead, 23-22 at halftime.
But the Green Hornets found a rhythm out of the locker room, led by Sabol, and held their largest lead of the game at the end of the third quarter, ahead 36-28.
“We were able to pull away because of the support we had from the coaches, our teammates, as well as our family,” said Swedberg. “We all dug deep and found that extra energy to really pull through and get the win.”
Northampton put together a run of its own in the final frame to chip away at its deficit, as it outscored Emmaus 21-16. But Emmaus did just enough to be able to sweep the two-game series with the Kids this season and win its fifth game in a row.
The Green Hornets now finish off the regular season with four straight road games. They played at Parkland last night and face Central Catholic away Friday.
“With our season coming to an end I want to see us really come even closer together as a team and just have more fun with what we’re doing,” said Swedberg. “We have to step up our level of play even more than we are now. If we do that, we are going to be pretty good.”