SL snaps Tigers’ three-game streak
Most times, the early season basketball schedule can be pretty tough. Teams try to front-load games so that if bad weather hits later in the season, they have some flexibility in scheduling to put in makeup games.
For Northwestern, the boys team played seven games in just under two weeks, leaving little time for practices to work out some early season issues that may surface. On the plus side, the Tigers have come through the stretch with a 4-1 record in the Colonial League and a 5-2 mark overall.
Southern Lehigh (3-1 Colonial, 3-2 overall) snapped Northwestern’s three-game win streak with a 60-45 win over the Tigers last week, but Northwestern bounced right back to beat Northern Lehigh the next night in a 57-53 battle.
The Spartans took a three-point halftime lead and ran with it in the second half, playing particularly well in the fourth quarter when they outscored Northwestern 21-13 to put the game away.
“I don’t know what it is,” coach Billy Hallman said. “Our play in the second half, particularly in the third quarter, hasn’t been as sharp as we would like. We’ve talked to the guys and it’s something to work on, but we’re not making too big of a deal out of it.”
Sam Yadush went 9-of-10 from the free-throw line and finished with 13 points in the game, while Sam Seyfried scored 11 against the Spartans, who got a balanced attack with both Colin Hoff and Connor Dougherty scoring 10 points in the game.
Northwestern made just one three-pointer against Southern Lehigh, but was back to the Tigers’ usual adventures from beyond the arc against Northern Lehigh (1-4, 3-5) when they combined for eight three-pointers, including six from Sam Yadush, who torched the Bulldogs for 27 points.
“Sam [Yadush] will usually get his points,” pointed out Hallman. “He’s also the type of player who will give up the ball if someone else has the hot hand. Most teams are going to focus pretty heavily on him and we’ve had guys step up, and Sam [Yadush] doesn’t try to force things. He’s not a selfish type player, so he’ll get the ball to other guys if that’s what’s working.”
On the season, Yadush is averaging just under 21 points per game with Deven Bollinger averaging 12.4. Luke Hallman is chipping in with 10.8 and Devin Thomas scoring 9.5 per game for Northwestern.
Northwestern opens the 2018 portion of the schedule with games against Wilson (3-3, 3-4), Palmerton (2-2, 3-4) and Salisbury (0-4, 0-6).