Boys drop last two games
It was a quick turn of events for the Northwestern Lehigh Tigers Friday night at Salisbury High School and they came out on the downside of the changes, dropping a 46-42 decision to the Falcons.
The loss knocked Northwestern out of the Colonial League playoff picture.
The two teams exchanged leads throughout the first quarter, but Salisbury started to hit some shots in the second quarter.
Trey Weber’s jumper with 4:25 left before halftime put the Falcons up by four and they stretched it to six when Patrick Foley drove the lane to put Salisbury up 17-11. C
had Parton was fouled as he went up for a layup on a breakaway and then nailed the foul shot to give Salisbury a seven-point lead with 2:34 left in the second quarter.
The biggest lead of the night for Salisbury came when Herrera dropped in a three-pointer with 3:17 left in the game.
“You can’t be upset with how we played tonight,” said Northwestern head coach Billy Hallman. “Our shooting just went cold and we couldn’t get anything to drop for us late in the game. We got ourselves kind of buried and couldn’t get our way out of it.”
Late in the game, a stretch of just 4.8 seconds turned out to be an emotional roller coaster for both teams.
Weber hit two free throws to put the Falcons up 45-42 with 32 seconds left in regulation.
On its next trip down the floor, Northwestern Lehigh (11-11 overall, 8-9 Colonial) had a couple of opportunities, but none of the shots that the Tigers put up fell and with 7.4 seconds left to play, the ball bounded out of bounds, giving Salisbury (12-10, 9-8) the possession on the baseline.
As the Falcons’ Joe Panariello looked to inbound the ball, he moved down the baseline and was called for traveling to give Northwestern the ball underneath the basket.
“That was one that we didn’t see coming,” said Billy Hallman. “We knew we had a pretty good shot at getting someone open for a three at that point and tying the game up.”
Nick Henry had an open look for a three, but the ball bounced off the rim and was headed out of bounds before Luke Hallman made a save by tossing the ball back over his shoulder as he headed out of bounds.
The ball went right to back to Henry, who put up another shot from beyond the arc with just under four seconds left on the clock, but the ball again hit off of the rim and went out of bounds.
Salisbury inbounded the ball and Northwestern quickly fouled Kenyo Herrera, who nailed the first of two free-throws to make it a 46-42 game with :02.6 left to put the game away.
“We just couldn’t get shots to drop, especially late in the game,” said coach Hallman. “We had chances and we had good looks, but didn’t get the shots. It’s disappointing because we really battled back this season and we thought we had a really good shot at playing for a league championship, so this one hurts.”
Luke Hallman led all scorers with 15 points, while Weber led Salisbury with 10.
In their regular season finale on Tuesday, Northwestern fell to Catasauqua (9-13, 8-9) by a 51-46 score. Andres Garrido led the Tigers with 15 points and Deven Bollinger finished with 11.
The Tigers now have some time off before they compete in the District 11 tournament that begins February 18t. The time off could wind up being helpful. Northwestern has a number of players who have battled illness lately and Hallman is hopeful that by the time districts roll around all of his players will be fully recovered and will have had time to rest.