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Boys win streak hits 13

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by James bunting Special to the Press in Sports

Who said 13 was an unlucky number?

Following a thrilling 55-54 victory over Emmaus on Tuesday, Jan. 30, the Northampton boys basketball team has won 13-straight contests.

The K-Kids improved to 16-3 on the season, and are now listed on the “Teams to Watch” section of this week’s PIAA state rankings.

Northampton defeated William Allen, Liberty, Blue Mountain and Emmaus last week to continue the memorable run.

The key to the K-Kids’ success this season has been their willingness to defer to the hot scoring hand. Guards Cory Weisenberger, Aidan Ellwood and Zachary Gula have each stepped into the role of go-to-guy when their number is called.

Ellwood scored 28 points against the Green Hornets on Tuesday night, but it was Weisenberger who sparked the 10-point Northampton comeback in the fourth quarter. The senior hit a three-pointer with under a minute remaining to give the K-Kids the road victory.

One player who’s numbers rarely jump off the stat sheet, but has been instrumental to Northampton’s success this season, is center Mike Torres.

Listed at 6-3, Torres is often several inches smaller than the opposing frontcourt. Despite a seven inch height disadvantage, Torres held Bethlehem Catholic all-star Ryan Young below his season scoring average.

“He (Torres) is a dog,” Ellwood said. “He’s not going to score a whole lot of points, but he’s definitely going to do a lot of the dirty work down low.”

Northampton closes the regular season with a trip to Nazareth on Friday, Feb. 2, Pocono Mountain East on Monday, Feb. 5 and host Parkland on Wednesday, Feb. 7.