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Press photo Linda RothrockBecahi’s Justin Paz got off to a hot start this year and had a big game against Liberty last week. Press photo Linda RothrockBecahi’s Justin Paz got off to a hot start this year and had a big game against Liberty last week.

BC soars over Liberty

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic knows they are a group of marked men every night on the basketball court, but in last Friday’s showdown with Liberty at Memorial Gymnasium, the Hawks made sure to take care of business.

Justin Paz scored a game-high 24 points to lead Becahi (3-1) to an 80-39 rout over their crosstown rivals. It was the first loss of the season for the Hurricanes heading into last weekend, while it was the Hawks most convincing victory of the year, as they jumped out to a 31-9 lead midway through the second quarter and never looked back.

“I am sure Liberty had the game circled as it is an across town rival,” said Becahi head coach Scott McClary on last week’s showdown. “We are expecting to get every team’s best shot every night out and we need to stay focused on bringing our best shot.”

The Hawks appear primed to defend their EPC crown from a year ago with the combination of Paz on the perimeter and Kyle Young working the paint, as he tallied 10 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.

Liberty (3-2) head coach Chad Landis was excited that his team was able to jump out to a 3-0 start to the season before heading into the Becahi matchup, but knew what his group was up against in the showdown.

“This was our biggest test early in the season,” said Landis. “It gives us a good indicator of where we are in our maturation process. Beca is one of the preseason favorites in the league so this was a huge challenge for us.”

Becahi fell to Philadelphia Catholic League contender Arch Bishop Wood 81-73 on Saturday night and now focus on the week ahead with contests against Dieruff and Easton.

Liberty looks to bounce back from a two-game skid, as they fell to Wilson West Lawn on Saturday 69-50. The Hurricanes take on Easton this week in their last game before the holiday season.

Freedom (2-2) got back to .500 with a 60-57 win over Allen last Friday and have a lone matchup with Allen this week before they host a holiday tournament on Dec. 27 and 28.