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Falcons stop skid with win over Pirates

Salisbury recently snapped a three-game skid with a 53-44 win over Palisades. The win came after a tough stretch in the schedule that saw the Falcons go up against Bangor (9-7 overall, 8-4 Colonial), Wilson (10-6, 8-5), and Saucon Valley (13-3, 10-2).

Against Palisades (2-15, 1-12), the Falcons (4-12, 4-8) were led by juniors Andrew Grejda and Jake Zellin, who both finished the game with 13 points. Fellow junior Brady Leiner scored nine points, while freshmen Luke Graver finished with seven and Steven Lozada scored six in the win.

Coming into the season, Salisbury featured a young team with just three seniors on its roster. The good news is that underclassmen have put together promising seasons, which bodes well for the future.

Zellin leads the team in scoring with an average of just over eight points per game and is followed closely by classmate Thomas Lovelidge, who averages just under eight per game. Juniors Jack Foley (6.8 PPG) and Brady Leiner (6.4 PPG) have also contributed.

The win keeps slim hopes of reaching district playoffs alive. Salisbury would need wins in each of its five remaining Colonial League games to finish with a league record above the .500 mark to qualify.

They have road games remaining against Catasauqua (2-15, 2-10), Northwestern Lehigh (8-7, 6-5) and Southern Lehigh (10-6, 9-3) and play Northern Lehigh (1-16, 1-11) and Palmerton (14-2, 10-2) at home.

PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Brady Leiner dribbles around a Saucon Valley defender during a recent game.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Salisbury's Lucas Graver makes a move under the basket against Saucon Valley.