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Press photo by Rob MerchantRyan Young and the Hawks won their opening-round game. Copyright - Digital Media Magic Press photo by Rob MerchantRyan Young and the Hawks won their opening-round game. Copyright - Digital Media Magic

Young leads BC to opening-round victory

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by cj hemerly Special to the Press in Sports

Six-foot, nine inch forward Ryan Young knew he needed to take over. He knew it was the type of game where he had a big advantage with a sizable edge over the opponent.

The junior came through for his team and had one of his best performances of his career, scoring 19 points and grabbing 25 rebounds in leading Bethlehem Catholic to a 71-48 victory against Lower Moreland (8-14) last Friday night at Allen High School in the quarterfinals of the new District 11 Class 4A Subregional, which added teams from outside the district this year to fill out the additional classifications.

Young tallied 13 of his 19 points in the opening quarter, including the first 11 scored for Becahi, as the Golden Hawks (19-6 overall) quickly jumped out to an 18-12 lead after one. He was also one rebound shy of a double-double after the first eight minutes, and showed why the smaller Lions, whose tallest player was 6’3”, was going to have trouble stopping him.

“We knew right from the start looking at the scouting report that they were a smaller team,” Young said. “We thought that if we could just get the ball inside the lane anyway we could, we would be successful. If I wasn’t able to get a good look inside, I’d be able to kick it back out for an open shot, which opens up the whole offense.”

Young did not find himself on the score sheet in the second half, but by the fourth quarter, there was no reason for head coach Ray Barbosa to keep him in the game, with it well in hand by that point.

Young’s teammates stepped up the scoring in the third quarter, as they extended a 30-22 lead at halftime, to 47-33 after three.

Fellow junior Will Melson had 10 of his 14 points in the third, including two 3-pointers, as Becahi pulled away.

Sophomore Justin Paz added 17 points for the Golden Hawks in the win.

“I thought we started slow tonight and then picked it up,” Barbosa said. “We survived and advanced, and now we know we have at least three more games, but we want that district championship.”

The win comes one week after their last game, a loss to Allen in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship game. Becahi also qualified themselves for the PIAA state tournament, with 4A taking bids from four teams this year.

“It’s good for us to get back to the winning ways,” said Young. “It was a tough loss for us [losing to Allen in the EPC final]. It was a good experience for us to play a team like that in a big game, but we never like losing, so tonight is a good feeling. We’re still hungry and want to play more games. We haven’t won a district title in a long time so we really want that.”

The number one seed Golden Hawks played fourth seeded Saucon Valley (14-10) last night back at Allen, with the winner squaring off in the final against the winner of the other semifinal matchup between Salisbury (19-6) and Jim Thorpe (13-10) Friday night.