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BC looks to rebound

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic suffered their first setback of the season over the weekend, falling to Abington 63-53 on the road Saturday night, giving the Hawks (2-1) their first taste of defeat on the young year.

Despite the loss, it was a test against a state qualifier from a year ago and undoubtedly one of the best teams the Hawks will come across throughout this season.

Justin Paz led the way for the Hawks with 17 points and Ryan Young added 15 points, as Becahi battled back from a 31-16 halftime deficit, only to trail by six points with two minutes to go without pulling off the upset. Head coach Ray Barbosa knew that Abington would be a formidable opponent, but was happy to see how his team performed against a tough squad on the road early in the season.

“Overall I think we are getting better,” Barbosa said. “We are 2-1 right now and we still have a couple things to clean up, but it is a long season. We will keep working everyday in practice to get better.”

The Hawks take on Liberty Tuesday night before wrapping the week at home against Easton on Friday night before the Christmas break.

It’ll be their first action against divisional opponents this year.

Liberty (2-2) bounced back from a difficult 51-36 defeat to Central Catholic on Friday night to top Pocono Mountain West 57-55 on Sunday afternoon at the LV Jamboree at Whitehall.

With Tuesday’s contest against Becahi on tap, it’ll be an opportunity for the Hurricanes to gain some momentum before the holiday break if they can reel off two straight wins against two of the top teams in the EPC. The Hurricanes also travel to Downingtown East on Saturday.

Freedom (1-3) lost to Allen and Quakertown last week as they try and figure out their early season puzzle.

The Canaries held on for a 65-62 division win early in the week before the Pates suffered a 51-39 road loss at Quakertown on Saturday.

Now the Pates gear up for an important week featuring Dieurff on Tuesday night and a trip to Southern Lehigh on Friday.