Joe Egan does whatever it takes to help the Northern Lehigh boys’ basketball team.
The Bulldogs’ faithful in attendance on Monday night had the pleasure of watching Egan do what he does best.
The senior sparked Northern Lehigh by pouring in a season-high 27 points as the Bulldogs rolled to a 54-37 Colonial League victory over Palisades.
“I will take a win any day,” said the team-first Egan. “I know I just have to do whatever I have to do to help my team win. No matter what that is.
“Whether it’s rebounding or passing the ball, it’s whatever. Tonight, it was my shooting.”
Egan’s magic started early.
After Bobby Snyder gave the Pirates a quick 3-0 lead, Egan scored the first four Bulldog points of the night.
Egan’s scoring appeared contagious to his teammates as Brandon Hess scored four of the last seven Bulldog points in the first quarter as they took a 13-10 lead into the second frame.
Egan took his offensive production to another level in the second quarter, scoring 12 of the Bulldogs’ 14 points in the period as their lead grew to 27-16.
“We look to Joe for his leadership,” said Northern Lehigh head coach Jeff Miller. “He’s the lone senior on the floor and we’re so young behind him.
“Whether we need Joe to score for us, or we need him to rebound for us, or some nights he contributes assists, that’s what we look for. And, Joe has given us that this whole year.”
Egan continued to lead the way with his scoring in the third quarter and also recorded assists on two of Gio Colon’s buckets as the lead grew to 40-21, allowing the Bulldog reserves to get plenty of court time in the final quarter.
“They’re a gritty bunch of kids,” Miller said. “We have been in every game with the exception of the other night down at Southern Lehigh. That’s a tribute to our resiliency.
“I know coming in they’re going to give me everything they have. They will play hard all the time.”
NO PLACE LIKE HOME ...Besides the Christmas Tournament over the holiday break, Monday’s game against Palisades marked the Bulldogs’ first home game since Dec. 19.
RECORD UPDATE ...Northern Lehigh improves to 5-8 overall and 2-6 in league play. Palisades falls to 1-11 overall and 1-8 in the league.
TEAM EFFORT ...The JV game featured a balanced scoring effort from the Bulldogs, who came away with a 43-31 win. Zach Long and Nate Keller both had 10 points for NL while AJ Berger and Robert Schoff chipped in nine points apiece.
G. Deily 1-0-1-2, Salva 2-0-0-4, Armitage 0-0-0-0, Marshall 0-1-3-1, Newton 0-0-0-0, Snyder 7-2-5-19, K. Deily 0-0-0-0, Musantry 0-0-0-0, McClintock 0-0-0-0, Lodwig 0-0-0-0, Jones 0-0-0-0, Eichlin 4-0-0-8, Muth 0-0-0-0, Yanert 1-0-0-3. TOTALS: 15-3-9-37.
Kemery 2-2-3-6, Egan 9-8-12-27, Berger 0-0-0-0, Seier 1-0-2-2, Seiler 0-0-0-0, Schaeffer 1-0-0-2, Long 0-0-0-0, Hess 4-0-0-9, Keller 0-0-0-0, Colon 4-0-0-8, Sullivan 0-0-0-0, Schoff 0-0-0-0. TOTALS: 21-10-17-54.
Palisades 10 6 5 16 - 37
No. Lehigh 13 14 13 14 - 54
Three-pointers: Palisades - Snyder 3, Yanert 1; No. Lehigh - Egan 1, Hess 1.