By: Mason Dickert and Andrew Grejda
Photo Credit: Christmas City Studio
Boys basketball went to Catasauqua on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 1 pm for their district quarterfinals game. The Falcons were matched up against the Palmerton Blue Bombers, making this the third time they met this season. The first two matchups during the regular season went to the Blue Bombers, only winning by one point in the second game.
Saturday afternoon, the Falcons came out strong. Heading into the half, the Falcons had a 5 point lead. The Falcons were feeling good, holding Palmerton to only 18 points in the half. The Falcon’s defense has been great all year, playing a major role in the success they have had.
Coming back out in the third quarter, the Blue Bombers were too strong. The Falcons five-point lead diminished, with Palmerton having an eight-point lead at the end of the third quarter. Palmerton led the rest of the way, with the Falcons falling short with a score of 62-51. The starting five for the Falcons were all seniors; junior Josiah Day, is one of the only seniors of next year.
There are many sophomores also rostered on the varsity team, making them step up for the next season to come. An experienced varsity sophomore is Jake Zellin, who played the most minutes on the varsity level out of all the other sophomores.
“It was a tough loss but a very fun experience to be playing with the seniors. They had a good impact on us by teaching us how to run plays, pass the ball and also how to be a good sport,” said sophomore Jake Zellin.
Another one of the sophomores that played on both varsity and junior varsity, Thomas Lovelidge said, “I was disappointed on how the season ended, and I also feel like we could have gone further into the district playoffs. I feel like the seniors had a fun season and I am excited to see how they improve later on.”
Andrew Grejda was another sophomore who played both varsity and junior varsity. “The seniors were a great class to play with. They always had so much energy and made the practices fun. Next year is going to be very different without them, having more of us younger guys play only varsity.”
The season will return next winter, with the returning team wanting more than what they got from this season.