Hornets go 4-2 in Bash at the Beach
After a successful 2018-19 season which saw the Emmaus boys basketball team reach the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final, the District 11 class 6A semifnals and the state tournament, the 2019 summer league has not been kind to the Emmaus boys basketball team as it opened the Cedar Beach Summer League at 1-5 through the first four weeks of play.
In the first of two annual measuring-stick tournaments during the summer, the Green Hornets turned what could have been a disappointing and quick exit into a solid performance that reached the goals that they strive for each and every season.
After losing its opening game of the Bash at the Beach Tournament at Cedar Beach last weekend, Emmaus won four straight to reach the final day, but fell to eventual semifinalist Liberty Sunday afternoon.
“To be 1-5 in the league and lose our first game of the tournament, we didn’t know what to expect,” said Hornet head coach Steve Yoder. “But then we won four straight games on Saturday, which is a lot to ask. We are all excited about our progress. We’re very young and even our seniors are inexperienced. So getting to Sunday was a great accomplishment.”
In the first game of the tournament on Friday, the Green Hornets were downed 58-52 by Exeter. With potentially just one more game to be played in the double-elimination tournament, Emmaus beat tournament champion Berks Catholic and EPC foes Stroudsburg, Freedom and Central Catholic all on Saturday within a seven-hour period.
“I credit their commitment to open gyms in the spring and their excitement about our new offense,” Yoder said. “They believed me when I told them it will take time to learn, but once we start figuring it out it is going to be really good for us.
“This group has been patient and now it’s their turn and they are having a great time with it. They love to compete and are really starting to play up to their ability. It’s fun for us as coaches to watch them develop.”
The Hornets showcased plenty of depth as they featured different scoring leaders in their wins. On the first game Saturday, Ryan Todd led Emmaus with 10 points on its way to a 43-31 victory over the Patriots. After the triumph over Berks Catholic in the second game, Mason Boyd tallied 18 points in a 47-34 win against the Mounties. In the Saturday finale, Pat Hunter contributed 12 points to a 58-25 victory over the Vikings.
A tough matchup with Liberty ensued on Sunday and the Green Hornets fell 47-37 in a rematch of their last summer league game that went down to the wire.
“I’m proud of the way we battled back and finished out the tournament,” said Yoder. “This will only help us get better.”