Regular season winds down
Bethlehem Catholic may have a comfortable outlook on their postseason fate, but Liberty and Freedom are on the opposite end of the spectrum.
The Golden Hawks (14-3, 10-1) have clinched a district playoff berth and are fighting Pocono Mountain West (11-6, 10-1) for the top spot in the East Penn Conference.
Liberty (8-10, 4-8) and Freedom (7-10, 5-6), however, will be clawing for their playoff lives this week, as their rivalry showdown on Friday night will most likely become a postseason elimination game.
“Our season is coming down to the wire,” said Liberty head coach Chad Landis. “We have to win three of our last four games in order to make the playoffs. I believe with the way this year has gone, that it will come down to our last game.”
That last game for Liberty isn’t until next Thursday, but the focus for the Hurricanes started on Tuesday night against Becahi. The Hawks defeated Liberty 96-58 back on Dec. 19 and the contest presents a major challenge for the ’Canes.
A loss to the Hawks would mean Liberty would have to defeat Freedom, East Stroudsburg North (2-13) and Dieruff (8-9) to make the postseason.
“Our players understand the situation we are in now and have responded well,” said Landis. “Everyone is pulling in the same direction and continues to work hard to accomplish what we need at the end of the season. This week is huge, because we play two teams that we have lost to already and we need to win one of them. Should be two great games with good crowds and awesome atmospheres.”
Freedom knocked off Liberty 66-62 earlier this year and have to deal with East Stroudsburg South (15-2) and Dieruff before Friday’s clash at Memorial Gymnasium.
With five league games left in the season coming into this week, Freedom needs to go 3-2 to finish out the year in order to reach .500 in the league to qualify for the postseason.
Becahi knocked off Central Catholic 62-55 in an epic Holy War clash on Friday night, as Ryan Young scored 17 points and his brother Kyle added 13 points to hold off the Vikings.
Becahi couldn’t sustain that energy on Saturday night in a 68-55 loss to Archbishop Wood.
The Hawks have Liberty, Dieruff and Easton (10-7) this week, as they look to hold off Allen (11-6, 8-3) for the Steel Division lead.