After the Northern Lehigh-Bangor Colonial League boys' basketball game, Slater head coach Bron Holland said, "It's not easy coming in here and beating (Northern Lehigh) like we did."
Yet the Slaters sure made it look that way, playing near-flawless ball for four frames, en route to an 89-47 rout of the Bulldogs.
Great three-point shooting, an effective fast break, a havoc-causing defense, strong offensive rebounding, and a fatigue-inducing full-court press all added up to the cruise control victory.
"Northern Lehigh is an excellent team, and they'll bounce back from this," Holland said. "We definitely wore them down, though, tonight. They were tired and we took advantage."
After the two sides battled evenly to a 22-22 tie a minute into the second period, a 15-2 Bangor spree gave it control with just over three minutes left in the first half. Eventually, the Slaters went up 45-30 at the intermission.
"They shot the ball lights out, especially in the first half," Northern Lehigh head coach Jeff Miller said, following his team's first outing of the season. "Then we were kind of scrambling because (that kind of deficit) puts so much pressure on us offensively. With us being a young team and not getting defensive stops, the pressure to score increased."
With each possession early in the second half meaning more and more, the 'Dawgs made a run. After Bangor's Michael Martino hit a trey to open the second half, a 6-0 run by the Bulldogs cut the gap to 48-36 with 5:25 left in the third. However, that was as close as they would be able to get the rest of the game.
Two turnovers and a couple misses brought on what was potentially the back-breaking run, as the Slaters ripped off 12 straight points over a span of less than three minutes to lead 60-36.
"With (Bangor) scoring in spurts like that, we needed to get stops, and not being able to do that started the 'snowball effect'," Miller said.
At the end of the third, Bangor led 64-42, bringing on the final eight minutes, where the winners outscored Nolehi 25-5 to win going away.
"We've been here before and it's unfortunate that we open up with Bangor all the time, because they're legit," Miller said. "When they shoot the ball like they did tonight, they could have beaten a lot of teams the way they played."
Sophomore point guard Martino led all scorers with 26 points on the night, including 21 in the first half, where he hit eight of his 11 attempts. Shane Reider followed with 17 points and Reece Jones hit for 15. Colton Freeman and Jeremy Ringland added 10 apiece for the high-scoring Slaters.
Meanwhile, Matt Egan was the sole Bulldog to reach double figures, scoring 12 in the losing effort. Tyler Dibilio added nine and Josh Landsberger followed with eight.
Bangor also pulled off a 61-25 win in the JV game.
Mulitsch 0-0-0-0, R. Jones 5-2-2-15, Freeman 4-2-2-10, Martino 10-1-3-26, Reider 7-1-1-17, Kaiser 0-0-0-0, Strohe 1-0-0-2, Kosman 1-0-0-2, Ringland 5-0-0-10, Morris 3-1-3-7, G. Jones 0-0-0-0. TOTALS: 36-7-11-89.
M. Egan 5-2-2-12, Dibilio 3-1-1-9, Taylor 0-0-0-0, Shupp 0-0-0-0, Smith 0-0-0-0, McNair 0-5-6-5, J. Egan 3-0-0-7, Hofmann 3-0-0-6, Landsberger 3-2-5-8, Hamm 0-0-0-0. TOTALS: 17-10-14-47.
Bangor 19 26 19 25 - 89
No. Lehigh 15 15 12 5 - 47
Three pointers: B – Martino 5, R. Jones 3, Reider 2; NL – Dibilio 2, J. Egan