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Good start

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Northampton’s boys’ basketball team is off to a good start, but the Konkrete Kids know their main goal is still some ways down the road.

The Kids already have been focusing on getting to districts, and they have begun to pave their way.

Northampton had a test of their mettle when they rallied to defeat Lehighton, 54-34, last Saturday afternoon after they dropped an emotional 53-47 loss to Emmaus less than 24 hours earlier.

Down 29-27 at the start of the final quarter, the Kids blitzed the Indians, 25-7, over the final eight minutes.

“It’s about getting to the Big Dance,” said head coach Coy Stampone in reference to districts. “We had been sleepwalking through the first three quarters against Lehighton, and then we came out and played in the last quarter.

“Friday night was a very draining game for us. We had a great crowd and it was a close game.

But Spencer Cole gave us a spark. He gave us a big lift and did a nice job.”

Against Lehighton, Aidan Elwood, who made his first appearance of the season against Emmaus after an ankle injury, scored a game-high 26 points. Cory Weisenberger had 12 and Cole added 11. Elwood had 15 points against Emmaus.

“Aidan (Elwood) got winded against Emmaus because they hounded him all night,” said Stampone. “That was his first game back and he was trying to get acclimated to everything.

“But he is our engine out there. I thought he played very well against Lehighton, and he showed us what he can do. It always is a tough thing when you first get back.”

Stampone noted the adjustment in team chemistry with Elwood back in the lineup. Weisenberger was the team’s lead offensive option in his absence.

“There is a different chemistry with Elwood,” said Stampone. “But it was a good thing because everyone else really stepped up their game. It proved we can have some depth and the kids did a really nice job.

“Cory (Weisenberger) really played well with Elwood out of the lineup. He has picked up his game and he should have a big year for us.”

Stampone expected his squad to face some character tests this week when they faced Allentown Central Catholic and Nazareth in the ultracompetitive East Penn Conference (EPC).

Elwood likely will break the 1,000-point career scoring mark this week, as he needed 41 points to reach the mark.

“I have said it since I started coaching here,” said Stampone, who is in his sixth year at the helm. “Every league game is tough. There aren’t any nights off.

“We do have some out of league games like Lehighton, and we have to stay sharp. We have to play every team hard.

“But I like the makeup of this team and a number of guys have stepped up. We feel we can beat anybody on any give night.”