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Boys team ends summer season

For Eric Snyder and his squad, the summer ride is over. And it was a busy one.

The Rough Riders recently completed their summer activities with three games in the recent Awesome Fest tournament in Allentown. Unfortunately, the Roughies were on the short end of three games to Bethlehem Christian, Robert Clemente, and Lincoln Leadership.

Overall, Catty played 30 games in 75 days.

“That’s about a game every two days,’ said the veteran head coach. “We had an active summer with the league and the tournaments.

“We made some progress, but our biggest issue was having enough players for all of our games. In the Awesome Fest, we didn’t play that well overall, and we were starting guys in some games that would be deep on our bench. We were sloppy, and we didn’t take advantage of our opportunities.”

One of the biggest positives was the development of the incoming freshman class. Frankie Pujols was among the younger standouts all summer, but his summer ended early when he suffered a broken toe. Irving Torres, an incoming senior, had an early exit due to a neck injury.

“Our freshman played well,” added Snyder. “They got a lot of playing time, and they became more confident as the summer went along. They played tough and never backed down.”

Snyder also praised the play of incoming senior Joe Fischl and junior Peter LaPointe, both of whom will play down low this winter.

“Joe Fischl is very intuitive,” noted Snyder. “He can spread the court and sees a lot. He can anticipate well.

“Peter LaPointe has really come along for us. He has done a lot of nice things for us, and plays with more confidence.

“Both of them just need to keep playing.”

Snyder also liked the play of junior Jyzaiah Bonilla and senior Brendan Nye, both of whom made contributions all summer.

“Jyzaiah knows the game and plays well in the middle,” said Snyder. “Nye hustles all over the place, and he always plays hard.”

Heading into the season, Snyder likes his overall depth. The Roughies will look to improve on their 0-22 campaign last year. Catty recorded six wins in the Cedar Beach Summer League.

“We have a lot of bodies,” he said. “We built some chemistry, and we have to play sound basketball.”

By Linda Rothrock Brendon Nye and the Rough Riders concluded their summer season.