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Falcons win final game of summer league

For head coaches and programs alike, the summer league basketball offseason is less about the results on the court and more about the reps and experience the players get from the games.

Wins have been hard to come by this summer for the Salisbury High School boys basketball team. There can be a number of different reasons for this, including vacations, other sports and inexperience. But according to head coach Jason Weaver, his Falcons still show up and compete at a high level and always put themselves in the mix every game.

“Summer league was a learning experience for us,” said Weaver. “We played a lot of young guys with little or no varsity-level experience. Because of that we struggled at times. However, there were a number of players who improved throughout the summer and that is the most important thing.”

Salisbury was able to finish off the regular season of the Lehigh Valley summer league with an overtime victory two weeks ago, 44-37 over Bethlehem Christian to conclude the season at 2-10 overall. Josiah Day and Andrew Grejda each recorded 10 points in one of the few games this duo was able to make this summer due to legion baseball and other commitments. These two, along with the rest of the Flacons gave Weaver something to tip his cap to.

“We played hard and hustled, and despite some games where we were outmanned, the kids kept battling and did not quit,” Weaver said. “I’m proud of their effort all offseason. Hard work will always be rewarded, and the guys were never sold short.”

There is still a little more basketball to be played this summer, this weekend’s A-Town Throwdown showcase at Cedar Beach. Then the Falcons will look toward the winter season and making a run at Colonial League and District 11 titles.

“We have our final tournament the A-Town Throwdown [this coming weekend],” said Weaver. “We should have the majority of our guys there. We missed a lot of guys throughout the season due to baseball and vacations. I want to see us play some more intense and fundamentally sound defense that hopefully will keep us in games, even if our offense is struggling. A lot of young guys got a ton of playing time this summer. My hope is that the experience they got will help us to be more competitive during the winter season.”

The LV Varsity Boys Summer League wrapped up last week with playoffs in both divisions.

In the Small School Division, top seed Northwestern beat No. 2 seed Saucon Valley 43-40 in the title game. The Tigers, which finished the season with just one loss, beat No. 4 seed Upper Perkiomen 50-41 in the semifinals, while the Panthers advanced with a 55-49 win over Roberto Clemente.

In the Big School Division, top seed Parkland completed an undefeated summer season with a 59-47 win over previously unbeaten Muhlenberg of Berks County.

The Trojans opened the playoffs with a 48-40 win over No. 8 Northampton and then beat No. 6 Reading 60-49 in the semifinals as the 22-team Big School Division played three rounds of playoffs while the 9-team Small School Division had just two. The No. 2 seed Muhls got to the title game by beating No. 7 Allentown Central Catholic 44-41 in the quarterfinals and then taking down No. 5 Executive Education Academy 59-52 in the semifinals.

Other Big School Division results from the opening round of playoffs included Executive beating No. 4 Emmaus 49-39 and Reading upsetting No. 3 Freedom, 70-56.

PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Salisbury's Thomas Lovelidge takes the ball to the basket during a summer tournament game last month.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Salisbury's Luke Cannon brings the bal up the court during a summer league game against Lehighton.