Hornets fall to Vikings
The Emmaus boys basketball team was going toe to toe with division-leading Central Catholic for most of its recent contest, but a slow fourth quarter allowed Central to take control and win the game 65-45 last Friday night in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division game at Central Catholic High School’s Rockne Hall.
The Hornets (5-16 overall, 4-11 EPC) and Vikings (19-2, 13-2) went back and forth for the a majority of the first half, with Emmaus leading 29-27 at halftime.
Central bounced back following intermission and took a 49-42 advantage heading into the final quarter, one in which they took over the game. The Vikings outscored the Green Hornets 16-3 over the final eight-minute quarter to leave victorious.
“That was a tough quarter for us,” said head coach Steve Yoder. “We played well all game, but just stalled a little bit in the fourth and they took advantage of it. They’re a great team and when we don’t score they will make you pay and take a lead. That’s what they were able to do to put this one away.”
Emmaus finished with two players scoring in double figures. Senior Ryan Todd led all players with 17 points, while classmate Mason Boyd recorded 10 points for the Hornets, who had seven different scorers.
“Ryan’s played well for us all year,” Yoder said. “He may not get the headlines with points every game, but he’s a great player and an even better leader. He has helped us grow as a team this year.”
While Emmaus had two players score double digits, the host Vikings featured five players with 10 or more points and the quintet accounted for 62 of their 65 total points.
Christian Spugnardi and Jaylan Green each tallied 14 points, while both Liam Joyce and Nick Filchner finished with 12. Tyson Thomas added 10 points for Central.
Emmaus finished its 2019-20 regular season with a game at Whitehall this past Monday. The Green Hornets missed postseason play and will look towards next season.
“We’ll look back on this season as a program and move forward,” said Yoder. “We’ll continue to get better this summer and then into next season.”