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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZEmmaus’ Shep Hensler tries to get off a shot during a recent summer league game. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZEmmaus’ Shep Hensler tries to get off a shot during a recent summer league game.

EHS wins last two games

Friday, July 26, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

The Emmaus boys basketball team had an unlucky summer for a majority of its games. With the main highlight being a Sunday postseason run in the major tournament Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach tournament, the Green Hornets have mainly found themselves coming up just short in their regular season games in the Cedar Beach Summer League.

But Emmaus made a statement last week that will surely bring positive momentum to the program heading into the upcoming 2019-20 regular season. The Hornets won both of their final league games, including one over rival Parkland, to finish the Lehigh Valley Summer Basketball League at Cedar Beach on a win streak.

“To get a win like this is important for the guys,” said assistant coach Eric Farkas after the victory over Parkland. “We’ve had a tough summer for the most part, but that doesn’t take away the fact of how hard the kids have competed. It was nice to be on the winning end of this one.”

Emmaus defeated the Trojans 53-46 last Tuesday night under the lights and then followed that up two nights later with a victory against Freedom 56-47 on Thursday.

Emmaus finished 3-8 overall in the league with more than half of the eight setbacks coming by less than five points.

“In the summer we don’t look at the wins and losses as much,” Farkas said. “We want to make sure the kids compete and get better as individuals and as a group as a whole.”

The Emmaus defense specifically came up large in the Parkland game, confusing the Trojans’ by employing a matchup-zone defense. Parkland’s shooters struggled from the field, particularly in the second half when the Hornets made their comeback.

The Trojans held a 28-26 lead at halftime, but could not find the same offensive rhythm in the second half as Emmaus outscored Parkland 27-18 in the second half.

“We knew we were right there at halftime, but had to come out with more intensity in the second, and we did that,” said Farkas. “We played better on the defensive end and that led to our chances on offense.”

Ryan Todd led all scorers with a game-high 16 points, 14 of which came in the second half. He knocked down two three-pointers in a run that put his team in front. Joel Contreras tallied 12 points for the Green Hornets.

On Thursday, Emmaus took down Freedom 56-47 behind a game-high 18 points from Todd.