December 28, 2018
By: Tom Meikrantz
The Emmaus boys basketball team is two seasons removed from the Kachelries era and has moved on to another very promising one as the New Year looms ahead. The Green Hornets were the only unbeaten team left in the EPC as of December 28th with a 7-0 overall record, 4-0 in the conference after burying Enka 60-42 in the first round of the KSA Events Holiday tournament in Orlando, FL on Thursday night. Among the Hornet’s victims in EPC play is Central, a good team that couldn’t get anything going in the Hive December 21st and lost to the tune of 79-37.
The emergence of senior center Zach Sabol has been the catalyst of the team’s strong start. At 6-9, Sabol provides arguably the most dominant presence underneath in the area and can also finish off a fast break as good as anyone in local hoops. We saw how Emmaus managed to come from behind and beat Nazareth 64-60 despite Sabol sitting much of the game with foul trouble. They have another 6-9 tower in Josh Moyer who spotted Sabol nicely in that December 18th matchup while Sabol watched from the bench. When not saddled with personal fouls, Sabol regularly puts up double-doubles including a 21-point, 18-rebound performance in a 60-48 win at Northampton December 14th.
Add to the mix two other seniors in transfer Ethan Parvel from Whitehall and forward Mark Swedberg and you’ve got three players who can lead Emmaus in scoring on any given night depending how a team matches up against them. Head coach Steve Yoder remarked after a season-opening 61-48 win over Southern Lehigh that Parvel looked like he has been at Emmaus for four years. Swedberg put up more than 40 points in a summer league game.
Looking ahead, the Green Hornets open January play with four of their first five games at home. The road game is at Becahi on January 5th in what looms as an EPC showdown for sure despite the Golden Hawks falling 68-60 to Easton before Christmas.