Thomas, Alexander net 18 in Becahi win over EHS
Senior Julian Thomas and sophomore Isaiah Alexander stepped up in a big way for their team. The duo both tallied game-highs of 18 points in leading the Bethlehem Catholic boys basketball team to an important 61-46 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference basketball victory over Emmaus last Thursday night at Emmaus High School.
The win comes at an important time for the Golden Hawks (7-5 overall, 3-3 EPC), who lost two of their last three in conference play. They improved to .500 in the EPC Steel Division in their first game in 12 days after the holiday break. The time off must have helped them.
“I thought we played really well tonight and didn’t feel any rust,” said Thomas. “Coach [Scott McClary] has been telling us to keep playing hard, and that was important tonight to play harder than them. We put our bodies on the line and hustled, and that’s what it’s all about.”
Thomas and Alexander may have made the headlines with their scoring prowess, but five other Golden Hawks players found themselves in the score column, including sophomore Ryan Glassmacher and Ryan Santana who each just missed reaching double-figures, scoring nine and eight points respectively.
“We are a very deep team,” Thomas said. “Anybody can lead the team in scoring on any given night. We just need to stay consistent because we clearly have the talent, but we need to consistently bring it every game.”
After scoring the first basket of the game, Becahi mostly found itself trailing in the first quarter as the Green Hornets (4-8, 3-4) went up by as many as four points, 8-4, before the Golden Hawks went on a 12-3 run to end the quarter leading 16-11, and never trailed the rest of the way.
Emmaus cut its deficit to three, 20-17, midway through the second quarter, but Becahi would lead 27-20 at halftime, and then extended its lead to double-digits in the third quarter, leading 41-28 after three, and never looking back.
“We need to continue to keep working on our fundamentals and keep working hard,” said Thomas. “I think we can pick it up on defense and we can get better on offense, both sides of the floor. I think if we do that we can make a run here in the end.”
Becahi hosted Pleasant Valley this past Tuesday and will travel to take on East Stroudsburg South on Friday.