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Press photo by Rob MerchantAmadeus Cannon glides to the hoop during Saturday’s action. Copyright - DIGITAL_MEDIA_MAGIC_LLC Press photo by Rob MerchantAmadeus Cannon glides to the hoop during Saturday’s action. Copyright - DIGITAL_MEDIA_MAGIC_LLC
Press photo by Rob MerchantJordan McTier, shown here against Whitehall, puts up a shot in the Pates victory. Copyright - DIGITAL_MEDIA_MAGIC_LLC Press photo by Rob MerchantJordan McTier, shown here against Whitehall, puts up a shot in the Pates victory. Copyright - DIGITAL_MEDIA_MAGIC_LLC

Hurricanes, Hawks pick up boys victories

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

With the weekend bringing frigid temperatures to the area, Liberty looked to stay on a hot streak as they step into the new year with their 56-50 win over Southern Lehigh in the Yasso-Rothrock Christmas City Classic on Saturday night.

It was the third straight win for the Hurricanes (5-6) in January after ending December with four straight defeats to bring them back toward the .500 level and provide some momentum heading into a week with matchups against Allen on Tuesday night and Pocono Mountain East on Friday.

“We played much better last week and I was happy with the effort and resiliency our kids showed after a tough start to the season,” said head coach Chad Landis. “Now we just need to continue to find ways to keep playing well starting on the defensive end where we really struggled early in the year.”

With wins over Dieruff, Parkland and Southern Lehigh last week, being able to push themselves in the playoff hunt with wins this week would bolster the confidence of the team even further.

Senior guard Alex Serrano has been on a tear this season, averaging 20.4 points a game to provide a steady dose of offense for the ’Canes, but more importantly, Liberty’s defense has been the key in their past three games, allowing 51.3 points per game during that stretch.

That pales in comparison to the 74.5 points per game they gave up during their four game losing streak to Bethlehem Catholic, Downingtown East, Freedom and Dallas.

The Golden Hawks (8-1) have won six straight heading into this week, including their 79-37 victory over CD East on Saturday.

Becahi has been dominant this season, as the closest anyone has come in their eight wins has been eight points, that coming in a 72-64 win over Easton on December 22.

Becahi now gears up for Stroudsburg on Tuesday, followed by Friday’s city showdown with Freedom.

The Patriots (5-6) have continued their up and down ride this year with a 59-34 loss to Bangor on Saturday. Reuben Soto’s 11 points led the team in scoring, as he was the only Pate to reach double digits.

Freedom now has the task of taking on Emmaus and Bethlehem Catholic this week.