Bethlehem Press

Monday, January 21, 2019

Hawks stay hot; win 8th straight

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Peter Car in Sports

Even a dynamic shooting display wasn’t enough to extinguish Bethlehem Catholic last Friday night.

Freedom nailed 15 three-pointers against the Hawks, but couldn’t pull out the victory, as Ryan Young scored a game-high 31 points to help lead Becahi to an 81-76 win over the rival Patriots.

The win pushed the Hawks mark to 10-1 on the season, winners of eight straight and Friday’s contest was the closest anyone in the EPC has pushed them this season.

“Freedom plays a style that bothers teams,” said head coach Ray Barbosa. “Freedom played well and they made 15 three-pointers. It was good for our guys to be able to win a tight game. We kept our composure by executing on both ends to be able to win the game.”

Justin Paz added 24 points in the win, as Becahi held off a 19 point effort from Dylan Arnold and his five treys that kept Freedom in the ballgame.

Young, though, followed up his 33-point effort against Stroudsburg last week with another 30-plus game against the Pates, showcasing why he’s the top big man in the area.

It’s part of the reason the team has been so tough to beat this year.

“Rebounding and sharing the ball has been huge for us,” said Barbosa. “We average 13 assist per game and almost 30 rebounds. Our transition offense has been better throughout the season. Pushing the ball for easy opportunities has created extra possessions for us on offense.”

That continues this week with games against Dieruff, Pocono Mountain East and Northampton.

No matter who is put in front of the Hawks, it seems like beating them might take more than a hot shooting effort from the floor.

“10-1 is a good accomplishment for the start of the year,” Barbosa said. “We still have things to work on but we are making progress. I felt looking at the schedule it was possible for us to have our record we do now. Guys have worked hard to this point. Hopefully we can continue to have success.”