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Comets end Hornets’ streak at seven

The Emmaus High School boys basketball team had a great first month of the 2022-23 regular season. December was good to the Green Hornets as they won seven of their first eight games, including seven victories in a row heading into the holiday week between Christmas and New Year’s.

The lone defeat on the year was in the season opener, on the road, in nonconference action against Methacton back on Dec. 2. Fast forward nearly four weeks and Emmaus was riding a seven-game winning streak going on the road again in a nonconference matchup with Abington Heights.

The Green Hornets (7-2 overall), which had not played since a one-point, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference road win at Freedom nine days earlier on Dec. 20, didn’t show any signs of rust as they jumped out early on the undefeated Comets (7-0) out of District 2.

Emmaus led 13-9 after the opening quarter and 29-24 at halftime. But Abington regrouped and rallied to tie the game at the end of regulation and then converted from the free-throw line in the overtime period to win the game 58-55 last Thursday afternoon. The two losses for the Green Hornets this season have been by a total of five points.

Dylan Darville led the way with a team-high 16 points and hit his team’s only two 3-pointers on the day. Jackson Lake broke out and provided a spark off the bench for head coach Steve Yoder, scoring a season-high 13 points. Will Barber also finished in double figures with 12 points. Jametric Harris tallied six points. Chase Muckey added four points and both Jake Fotta and Dom Nunez rounded out the scoring with two points.

The Comets connected on six 3-pointers in the game.

Emmaus returns to league action this week as it takes on Northampton on the road Tuesday before hosting Pocono Mountain West on Friday night.

PRESS PHOTO BY MARK LINEBERGER Pacey Santos drives to the basket during a recent Emmaus basketball game.