Hawks win Allentown Summer League
Bethlehem Catholic capped off the Cedar Beach Summer League with a championship victory over Central Catholic last week, topping the Vikings 52-44.
The Hawks finished the summer 11-4 in the 18-team Big School Division and knocked off Emmaus, Bangor and Allen in the playoffs before the run up of their championship tilt with Central Catholic.
The win solidifies what most coaches in the area have assumed for the Hawks heading into this winter, making them one of the league favorites to challenge for the East Penn Conference title, as well as the overwhelming favorite to win the District 11 4A title again this season.
“It’s definitely good to finish the summer with a title,” said head coach Ray Barbosa. “We beat some good teams in the playoffs and it was good to see the kids put together a good run of games in the postseason.”
D.J. Gardner was one player that Barbosa touted for his play this summer, as he came away with a game-high 19 points in the championship against Central.
Gardner, who will be a senior guard this season, gives the Hawks even more depth to a team that already features Division-I center Ryan Young, along with the likes of speedy guards Justin Paz and Will Melson.
Becahi finished last season 21-7 before losing in the PIAA state playoff opener to Nanticoke 58-56.
“We’ve been in the gym a lot this summer and have played in showcases and the guys are working real hard,” Barbosa said. “I think winning this only gives the guys more confidence heading into the season.”