Hornets fall short against Nazareth
The Emmaus boys basketball team has had a tough summer when it comes to wins and losses. With the graduation of its entire starting lineup, the Hornets knew it would take a lot to get back to the success of the 2018-19 season. But even in losses this summer, the team has been in each game and just a few bounces here or there from having a few more wins.
Last Thursday night was another game that came down to the wire and could have gone either team’s way, but Emmaus ended up on the wrong end, falling to Nazareth 49-44 inside of Whitehall High School after rain forced action indoors.
While the Green Hornets dropped to 1-8 overall, records and statistics don’t mean all that much in the summertime. And the coaching staff is making sure the players know that.
“We want the kids to keep working hard and improving,” said assistant coach Eric Farkas. “No matter the outcome of the games, the summer is about getting better as a team. We lost a lot multiyear contributors from last year’s team and this is a new and young group of guys. Our job as coaches is to get these guys up to speed with our program expectations and the varsity level of play. We’re happy with how they’ve played this summer.”
Emmaus was out in front early, taking a 21-16 lead over the Blue Eagles (5-4) into halftime. But Nazareth had a strong start to the second half and eventually took the lead at 28-26, and held that advantage for the remainder of the contest. While the lead never exceeded single digits, the Hornets were hovering around a double-digit deficit for a majority of the second half until they fought back to get to within 47-42 with 27 seconds remaining.
After forcing a turnover on the Nazareth possession, Emmaus pulled to within 47-44 after a layup on the other end. It could have been a three-point play but the free throw was missed. The ensuing rebound on the free-throw attempt was grabbed by a Green Hornet and gave Emmaus a chance to tie the game, but one last shot did not drop. The Blue Eagles grabbed the defensive rebound and connected on two free throws to finish off the game.
“I like the fight that we showed in the second half after going down after we had a halftime lead,” Farkas said. “That’s what we want to see as a coaching staff, that our guys don’t give up even when facing adversity.”
Danny Bohman finished with a team-high 12 points, including three 3-pointers, and Jayden Walsh tallied nine points for Emmaus.