Boys win Salisbury tourney
After they successfully defended their tournament title at Salisbury, Northampton’s boys’ basketball team is hoping history doesn’t repeat itself.
Off the tournament last season, the Konkrete Kids dropped games to Parkland, Allen, and Phillipsburg, dousing any momentum they incurred.
This time around, though, head coach Coy Stampone believes they use the tournament title as a springboard with Parkland and Allen looming this week.
The Konkrete Kids’ Aidan Ellwood was named the tournament’s most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season and he also recently topped the 1,000-point career mark. Cory Weisenberger and Mike Torres were also named to the All-Tournament team. The Kids beat host Salisbury and Saucon Valley to capture their second consecutive crown.
The pair of victories left the Kids with an overall 5-3 mark heading into a busy January.
“I am really proud of our depth that we have developed,” said Stampone. “Ellwood has been getting his legs since his injury, and he has played well. Weisenberger and Torres had very good tournaments and Zach Gula gave us a big lift in the first tournament game.
“I never saw so many guys diving for loose balls at the tournament. We gained some confidence and picked up a couple of big wins.”
Stampone has been pleased with the developing rotation of his team.
“We didn’t have Aidan (Ellwood) for the first two weeks, and we had a different chemistry,” said Stampone. “We had a number of guys who stepped up. When Aidan (Ellwood) came back, we can together as a team and now we have some more depth.
“We are not just a one-man show behind Aidan (Ellwood).”
The Kids now get into the heart of the East Penn Conference (EPC) schedule where they have had trouble in recent years. However, they will need to win six of their final 14 games to clinch a spot in the District 11 tournament, a spot that couldn’t clinch last season.
Stampone sees his team’s chances heightened in the 6A bracket with Bethlehem Catholic in 4A and Allentown Central Catholic in 5A.
“The big goal is to get back to the dance,” said Stampone in reference to districts. “We also want to get to the league playoffs. I believe we are back to where we were in the fall shootouts.
“We’re playing well and we’re getting contributions from several people. We need to maintain over level of play.”