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Young players lead Tigers past Lions

Sophomore Gavin Nelson and freshman Mason Bollinger combined to score 30 points for Northwestern Lehigh (8-8 overall, 6-6 Colonial) to down Moravian Academy 46-37 recently as the march toward the end of the regular season hits a frantic pace. The victory gave the Tigers back-to-back wins, but they were unable to pick up the third to match their longest winning streak of the season when they lost to Notre Dame Green Pond (14-3, 12-1) Tuesday night.

Nelson scored 16 points and Bollinger put up 14 in the win over the Lions (6-10, 4-10). The performance by Bollinger was just a point shy of his season and career high set earlier this month against Saucon Valley.

The young guys continued to flex their muscles against Notre Dame Green Pond as sophomore Eli Zimmerman scored a career-high 11 points in the 57-31 loss to the Crusaders. Cayden Fitch is the only senior on the roster, which has given young players plenty of opportunities. Nelson leads the team in scoring with 14.3 points per game with Fitch second at 10.2 PPG.

Northwestern still has a chance at reaching the Colonial League playoffs and District 11 playoffs. The top six teams in the league make the league playoffs and Northwestern is currently seventh with five league games left on their schedule. Sixth-place Wilson is at 8-5, while Northwestern is 6-6. The Warriors since hold the tiebreaker between the two teams by virtue of a 40-30 win two weeks ago.

Northwestern has league games remaining against Palmerton (14-2, 10-2), Southern Lehigh (11-6, 10-3), Salisbury (5-12, 5-8), Northern Lehigh (1-17, 1-12), and Catasauqua (2-16, 2-11). They also play Brandywine Heights (8-9, 3-5 Berks) in a nonleague game.

PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Gavin Nelson, seen here going to the basket against Bangor, scored a team-high 16 points in a recent win over Moravian Academy.