Slaters hand Bombers loss
The first week of the Colonial League schedule hasn't been kind to the Palmerton Blue Bombers.
After an opening night non-league loss to Lehighton, the Bombers had to travel to Catasauqua on Tuesday and host unbeaten Bangor last night.
The Roughies and Slaters are just two of the tough teams in the North Division and both times, Palmerton came out on the short end.
Bangor went on a 18-0 run in the first quarter that carried over to the second quarter and that was the difference in a 64-28 win at the PHS gym.
The Bombers jumped out to a 6-5 lead before the Slaters took off.
"Bangor's a good ball club," said Palmerton head coach Mick Stefanek. "They take on their coach's personality. Bron (Holland) is a good man. He's a tough guy and his personality rubs off on their defense. They play some good, physical in your face defense for 90 feet. They're tough in all phases of the game."
The Bombers finished the night with 22 turnovers, while the Slaters committed just 11 and managed to score off quite a few of Palmerton's mistakes.
Bangor also outrebounded the Bombers 44-29.
Jeremy Ringland had the hot hand early, scoring 11 of his points in the first quarter and five more in the second quarter to finish the night with 16 points and give the Slaters a 33-14 edge at intermission.
Alex Colton, Ringland's teammate took over in the second half to score 11 of his game-high 18 points.
The Slaters drained seven three-pointers on the night making it easier for them to widen the spread.
Bangor widened its lead to 50-21 entering the final eight minutes.
Mark Quinn was the lone Bomber in double figures with 11 points and was backed up by Matt Leaver with eight.
"On the offensive end, they had (Jeremy) Ringland as an outside shooter and (Alex) Colton in the paint and that's a good inside-outside combination," Stefanek said. "We lost Ringland at times in our zone.
"The better team won tonight and I wish them well. We just have to look ourselves in the mirror and decide if we want to keep doing this."
The Bombers travel to Northwestern on Tuesday night before returning home to take on Pen Argyl on Friday.
Bangor made it a sweep with a 49-27 victory in the JV game despite 11 points from Nick Frey.
Albinson 1-0-0-2, Freeman 3-0-0-6, Martino 0-2-2-2, Reider 1-3-4-5, Owens 0-0-0-0, Pearson 2-1-2-5, Kosman 0-0-0-0, Ringland 6-0-0-16, Davis 0-0-0-0, Morris 2-0-2-4, Colton 7-2-4-18, Jones 0-1-2-1, Plummer. 2-0-0-5. TOTALS: 24-9-16-64.
Hay 2-0-0-5, Shigo 0-0-0-0, Lesher 1-0-2-2, Pereira 0-0-0-0 Leaver 3-2-2-8, Quinn 4-3-4-11, Shiavone 0-0-0-0, Buck 0-0-0-0, Frey 1-0-2-2, Luers 0-0-0-0. TOTALS: 11-5-10-28.
Bangor 20 13 17 19 - 64
Palmerton 6 8 7 7 - 28
Three-pointers: B - Ringland 4, Colton 2, Plummer 1; P - Hay 1.