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Successful summer ends for boys

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by TODD KRESS Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Salisbury boys basketball team completed its play of summer basketball nearly a week ago when the Falcons finished the Stellar Summer League with a loss to Allentown Central Catholic, who finished the summer with an 11-1 mark and the number one seed in the playoffs.

Despite a tough stretch to end the season, which included games against four top Lehigh Valley Conference teams (Central Catholic, Liberty, Allen and Whitehall), as well as a contest against Bangor who also clinched a spot in the postseason, the Falcons finished with a 7-5 mark and were just a few games out of the playoffs themselves.

The Falcons won six of their first eight games and were playing extremely consistent and confident basketball until reaching that difficult second half of the schedule.

In the midst of the Stellar Summer League, the Falcons also got to test their talent in both the Stellar "Catch A Rising Star" Basketball Showcase and SportsFest "A-Town Throwdown" basketball tournament.

After a tough opening-round loss to Pocono Mountain West in the Stellar "Catch A Rising Star" Basketball Showcase, the Falcons responded with two consecutive victories. A 46-36 victory over Colonial League rival Notre Dame Green Pond was followed up by a win against Wilson West Lawn for the Falcons. Their run then ended against Central Catholic a few hours later on Saturday night.

In the SportsFest "A-Town Throwdown" basketball tournament, the Falcons were positioned in a tough pool with Ephrata, Delaware Valley Charter and Haverford.

Despite going 1-2 in pool play, the Falcons lost by a combined 10 points in their two defeats to Haverford (53-48) and Delaware Valley Charter (40-35), who made it to the tournament's championship game on Sunday. The Falcons won their final game on Saturday against Ephrata, 51-43.

A number of to-be seniors - Dan Reichenbach, Tyler Brown, Tyler Cooperman and Luis Caraballo - helped guide this team throughout the summer. Justin Aungst, Austin Uhl and Eddie Sanchez were also key to the team's success. Along with Brad Vangeli, the seniors will be relied upon to provide the veteran leadership the team will look for in the upcoming winter season.