Northampton Press

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Boys hoops had good summer

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

With a successful summer program behind them, Northampton’s boys’ basketball program can look forward to the fall and winter ahead.

The Konkrete Kids once again had a busy summer as they went 4-2 in the Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase and posted a 2-1 record in the A-town Throwdown Tournament.

They went 8-4 overall in the Allentown Summer League and lost to eventual runner-up Easton in the playoffs.

Head coach Coy Stampone credited assistant coach Matt Scholl, who directed the summer program.

“Matt (Scholl) did a nice job,” said Stampone. “We played into Sunday of the (Cedar Beach tournament) and that’s what we wanted to do. At (A-town Throwdown), we couldn’t advance because of a point differential. We had a good game against a very good Reading team.

“We looked good during the (Allentown) summer league, but we were missing some guys due to vacations.

“Overall, I was very pleased with our progress. We also had a good turnout with our weight training program that we had three times a week.”

Stampone cited the team’s growth despite losing leading scorers Aidan Elwood and Corey Weisenberger along with post player Mike Torres from last year’s squad.

“We learned a lot about our team,” said Stampone. “We lost a lot of offense with Aidan (Elwood) and Cory (Weisenberger). Mike Torres gained a lot of confidence and he battled with the big men of the conference.

“We had a good team effort and a number of guys stepped up their play.”

The Kids will enter the winter with returnees Zach Gula and Spencer Cole, who both paced them in scoring along with newcomer and Allen transfer Roy Ortega, who will provide help down low and on the wing.

“Gula and Cole have been steady for us the past two years and they are getting better,” said Stampone. “Roy Ortega is an old school type of player. He does the little things for us and gets the job done. He (Ortega) really blended in well with the rest of the players.”

Stampone sees the Kids playing a transition game in the winter and they are already anxious to continue to build on an 18-win season last year that saw them make their first appearance in a District 11 final since 1973.

Tyler Gilliard will be the lone senior on a roster packed with returning juniors.

“The juniors all had the time of it last year,” said Stampone. “But they have some unfinished business. They want to come back and win.

“Our success last year has trickled down through the program to the youth groups. We’re seeing more and more young kids becoming involved.

“Now, we just have to keep it going.”