Zephyrs fall to K-Kids
The Whitehall boys basketball team is finding the right formula for success, but it’s been a matter of sustaining it for thirty-two minutes that’s plagued them most of the season.
It happened again Tuesday night as they traveled to Northampton to face the Konkrete Kids. They started out the game playing as well as head coach Jeff Jones had hoped, and were leading by 10 points early in the second quarter.
They had stormed out to that early lead thanks to a good defensive effort. Jones said that they played a triangle and two, utilizing man defense on Northampton’s two best players. Jake Lisicky was tasked with guarding Aidan Ellwood, while Tyler Holubowski and Rick Melosky drew Cory Weisenberger as a defensive assignment. They kept the two Kids bottled up as the Zephyrs took the early lead.
Even though the Kids went on a 15-4 run to close out the first half, taking a 23-22 lead into intermission, Jones liked the way they were playing on the Kids’ home court.
“I was really pleased with the first half,” said Jones.
Once the second half began, the Zephyrs fell into that pattern of not being able to sustain their first half success as the Kids began to pull away for the 55-37 win, completing a series sweep over the Zephs.
The loss drops the Zephyrs to 5-11 overall on the season and 2-8 inside the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
Their second half woes boiled down to missed opportunities from the floor. Jones said that they couldn’t get their shots to fall.
“We missed a lot of easy shots,” said Jones.
Their failure to score on the offensive end was compounded by turnovers. Jones said that too many times they made mistakes that led to run outs and easy baskets for the Kids. They committed 12 turnovers that helped the Kids pull away in the decisive second half.
At their last meeting Ellwood erupted for 31 points. He and Weisenberger had 45 of their 63 points in the win at Whitehall. This time they held that duo to 33 points, well below their combined season average of 44 points per game.
“It came down to missed opportunities and turnovers,” said Jones. “We executed our game plan on what we wanted to do.”
Dylan McGinley led the way for Whitehall with 16 points and Joe Herman chipped in with five. Aidan Ellwood paced the Kids with 19 and got help from Cory Weisenberger who netted 14.
Their second half struggles have become a familiar pattern this season. That was the case on Saturday when they traveled to Nazareth to play the Blue Eagles. They were outscored by 16 points in the third quarter and could never recover, losing 74-54 to the Eagles.
“You just can’t have those lulls,” said Jones.
He said the team is well aware of their third quarter slide, and it’s becoming a source of frustration. Still, he said that the kids are playing hard and he said that they’ll be ready to lace them up again when they host East Stroudsburg South on Friday.