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Press photo by Linda RothrockJames Frazier and the boys picked up key wins over Whitehall and Freedom in recent games. Press photo by Linda RothrockJames Frazier and the boys picked up key wins over Whitehall and Freedom in recent games.

Boys pick up two, key victories

Thursday, January 14, 2016 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

With two key wins under their belt, Northampton continues to gain momentum as they look to gain ground toward the postseason.

The Konkrete Kids recorded an emotional, 62-50, win at rival Whitehall, and they then followed with a comeback, 57-51, triumph over Freedom that lifted their overall record to 8-5 and gave them a 4-3 mark in the East Penn Conference (EPC). The wins also boosted their winning streak to four games.

The Kids were tied with Whitehall at 27-all at halftime, before they finally opened the game with a 20-point fourth quarter. Mario Delker had a game-high 22 points and Mohammed Drakite added 16. Tanner Hahn chipped in with 11 points in the victory.

“Whitehall is always a big rival game, and it is a tight game,” said head coach Coy Stampone. “We had a big second half and had a number of players step up for us. Mo (Mohammed Drakite) had a big game for us. He brings a lot of energy and passion. We give him some line because he is a free spirit out there and can take it to the basket.”

The Kids rallied from a slow start against Freedom in which they found themselves down 35-18 at halftime before they outscored their opponents, 21-6, in the third quarter. Tyler Miller led the way with 18 points and Morgan Heffelfinger (14) and Delker (12) helped lead the way in a balanced attack.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well (against Freedom) and we came out and laid an egg,” added Stampone. “We came back with a lot of confidence and out rebounded them in the second half.

“These were two big games for us.”

Stampone sees his club following a similar pattern from last year when they won seven consecutive games after their holiday tournament, and consequently, set themselves in motion for a postseason berth.

The four-year head coach also reflected upon his team’s first five losses, one that truly doesn’t reflect any drawbacks.

“The five teams we lost to have a combined record of 47-9,” said Stampone. “We faced two undefeated teams and likely three others that easily could have been. We were in those games and it is a testament to our kids who have battled through every game.”

From here, the Kids have a full EPC slate remaining that began with them playing Dieruff Tuesday night and then having remaining games this week with Easton and Central Catholic. The Kids are three wins away from a district berth.

“We have a busy week,” said Stampone. “This conference is just incredible and every game is a playoff game. We have developed a good eight-man rotation and we’re getting contributions from everyone.

“Our goal has been to get to districts and be in the mix to qualify for the EPC playoffs.”