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Boys looking to secure D-11, EPC playoff spots

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

The Konkrete Kids continue to firmly cement their season.

Northampton recently won their sixth straight game -- a 75-64 victory over rival and streaking Catasauqua – to improve their record to 9-3 overall and 4-3 in the East Penn Conference.

The Kids shrugged off consecutive losses to Nazareth and Central Catholic and quickly established themselves as one of the power in the EPC, inching closer to clinching a district berth and keeping themselves in line for the EPC playoffs.

However, their recent win over Catty wasn’t an easy one. The Kids came off an emotional overtime win over Stroudsburg less than 24 hours earlier.

Aidan Ellwood had a career-high 35 points and Cory Weisenberger added 18 and Zach Gula had 13. The Kids had their hands full stopping Isaiah Graves -- the area’s leading scorer – who had 31 of his team’s 64 points.

“Catty has a fantastic player in Graves,” said Kids’ head coach Coy Stampone. “However, we have a really good one in Ellwood. Weisenberger and Gula provided support like they have all season.

“A big key was that we stepped it up defensively. We changed our defense in the second half and we did our best in locking down Graves with the efforts of Spencer Cole and Tyrese Brandon.

“I was a little worried about how we would respond because we had an emotional and physical game the night before against Stroudsburg,” said Stampone whose team was led by Ellwood (27 points) and Weisenberger (23).

“We came out fast and strong, but Stroudsburg caught us. It was a gut check for us.”

Stampone reached out to Dr. Jarrod Spencer of the Mind of the Athlete Program as a relief for his team heading into the Catty game.

“I asked Jarrod (Spencer) to talk to the players for a few minutes in recovering physically and mentally in a quick turnaround,” said Stampone. “I felt we were a little tired and bruised up. Some guys got banged up and it was a roller coaster ride of emotions.”

The Kids have a big week head, looking to revenge an earlier lopsided loss to Central Catholic (66-36) Tuesday, and then ending the week against state-ranked Bethlehem Catholic Friday.

“We have no time to rest,” added Stampone. “We have Central Catholic on Tuesday and Beca on Friday. Right now, those two teams are sitting on top of the conference.

“However, this team is fairly resilient and they have handled any type of adversity well.”