Northampton Press

Sunday, September 23, 2018

K-Kids post a 4-2 mark

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

With already some impressive showings this summer, Northampton’s boys basketball team continued to excel at the recent Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase in Allentown.

The Konkrete Kids finished with an overall 4-2 mark at the tournament and achieved their expectations.

“We had a good weekend, and our goal was to play as many games as possible and play on Sunday,” said head coach Coy Stampone. “We did that.”

The Kids opened the tournament with a win over Southern Lehigh and then fell to eventual champion Berks Catholic in the double-elimination tournament. They then downed Wilson West Lawn and advanced into Sunday’s play.

On the final day, the Kids posted impressive wins over Allen and Liberty before they lost in double-overtime to runner-up Bethlehem Catholic. The JV team finished with a 2-2 record.

“Unfortunately, we lost a nice lead late (against Bethlehem Catholic) and we eventually lost. We were exhausted and I’m not sure how much gas was left in the tank if we would have won and have faced a rested Freedom team.

“We were a game away from the semifinals. It was a hot and humid Sunday. Players from both teams were cramping up and we also suffered a few minor injuries.”

It also proved to be another learning experience for the Kids, who are looking to retool this winter.

“We learned a lot about ourselves,” added Stampone. “We are developing great team chemistry and coming up with our identity offensively and defensively. I enjoy being with these guys. They battle. When you are hanging out with guys all weekend, you better like each other and fortunately, they do.”

In the process, the Kids are developing multiple offensive threats.

Roy Ortega and Zac Gula gained second-team, all-tournament honors, and Tyrese Brandon, Spencer Cole, Tyler Gilliard, Jordan Gebhardt, and Donte Rodriguez all have played major roles.

The Kids have three games left in the Allentown Summer League and also will participate in the upcoming Allentown Throwdown Tournament. They may be eligible for the postseason in the summer league.

“We will continue to experiment with different lineups and different offensive and defensive schemes,” said Stampone. “We will play in some shootouts before the season in the fall.

“I like the way things are going and am looking for a strong finish.”