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Press photo by Don Herb Tyrese Brandon and the Kids Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ Press photo by Don Herb Tyrese Brandon and the Kids Copyright - Don Herb 2017_

NHS boys were ready

Thursday, February 21, 2019 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Northampton’s boys’ basketball district playoff game couldn’t have come any sooner.

The tenth-seeded Konkrete Kids (12-10) traveled to seventh-seeded Parkland (13-9) in the opening round of the PIAA District 11 Class 6A playoffs Tuesday. The winner will meet second–seeded Nazareth Saturday at Allen in the next round.

It proved to be an anxious two-week period since the Kids last saw action. They did manage a scrimmage against Palmerton in the process.

“There was a lot of time from playing our last game and we needed to find ways to keep fresh,” said Kids’ head coach Coy Stampone. “I love this time of year and being in the mix. We are very excited and pleased about the playoff season. Many people didn’t think we would be in the playoffs, but this is a norm for this program.

“We have shown growth as a team as everyone has improved throughout the season. We did have more practice time in the gym. This helped us not only for this year but also for the future.”

Last season, the Kids made a late-season run in which ended in them losing the district final behind the scoring punch of Aidan Ellwood and Cory Weisenberger.

This season, they have been paced by a several pronged attack from Zach Gula, Spencer Cole, and Donte Rodriguez, and Issac Harris, all of whom will return to the lineup next year.

Northampton clinched its district berth with a 58-53 win at Parkland Feb. 4 and it earlier defeated the Trojans, 47-44, Dec. 18.

Last season, the Kids were third seeded and had an opening-round bye. They defeated sixth-seeded Parkland, 74-65, in the second round. They then defeated seventh-seeded Emmaus, 58-54, in the semifinals before losing to top-seeded East Stroudsburg South, 60-50, in the championship game.

“We played many teams in the (Class 6A) bracket tough this season,” added Stampone. “Once you get into districts, everyone is 0-0. We should expect to be playing playoff basketball games every year in late February.

“We will be ready to compete.”