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Boys beat PV on Saturday afternoon

Friday, January 11, 2019 by tom wenborg Special to the Press in Sports

The Konkrete Kids boys basketball team hosted a Saturday matinee when Pleasant Valley visited Northampton for an EPC interdivisional clash. The Bears were looking for their first win of the season, but they didn’t find it in Schneider Gymnasium as the Kids rolled to a 66-35 victory.

Donte Rodriguez keyed the Kids’ fast start with a couple of early steals and 8 of his game total 10 points in the first quarter. The Northampton defense gave up only one field goal as they stormed out to a 20-4 lead.

Spencer Cole was the team’s offensive catalyst in the second period. Cole celebrated his 17th birthday by going off for 11 points in the quarter, on his way to a team-leading 15 for the game. The Kids outscored the Bears 19-8 in the period on their way to a commanding 39-12 lead at halftime.

Northampton didn’t let up after the break. A 16-9 third quarter margin was sparked by Zac Gula going for 8 points in the period.

The 55-21 lead going into the fourth quarter allowed head coach Coy Stampone to empty his bench and let his role players close out the win.

In addition to the scoring contributions of Rodriguez, Cole, and Gula, the Kids got valuable contributions from other parts of their lineup. Freshman Isaac Harris got the start and chipped in 8 points and 3 steals. Jon Altomare saw heavy minutes off the bench in an effort to match up with Pleasant Valley’s bigs. Altomare grabbed a team-high 7 rebounds to go along with an equal number of points.

Stampone reflected on the win and what it said about his team as they near the halfway mark of the season.

“We’re still figuring out our identity. Today we shot the ball pretty well. Defensively, I was still a little upset that we couldn’t keep the guys in front of us. We’re figuring out our rotations and overall, I like where we’re at right now.”

The win raised Northampton’s record on the season to a solid 6-4, 3-4 in the EPC. In the upcoming week, the Kids have a 3-game homestand. They play Dieruff on Friday night followed up by another Saturday afternoon tilt, this time with Catty. The third game is a Tuesday night showdown with Easton that will be televised live on RCN.