January 11, 2018
By: Tom Meikrantz
Catasauqua hasn’t enjoyed much success in boys basketball in recent years but the Rough Riders are back along the elite teams in the Colonial League. A big reason for that is the play of Isaiah Graves who has been the team’s catalyst. Now a senior, Graves needed 68 points to reach 1000 for his career when the 2017-2018 season started. He did it in the 3rd game of the season in a loss to Northwestern scoring 38 points against the Tigers. Since that loss, Catty reeled off 7 straight wins before traveling to Bangor January 9th. They lost 69-55 but put up a good effort against the three-time reigning league champions despite having a distinct size disadvantage. Graves led the floor with 26 points
Graves has failed to crack 20 points in a game only once in 11 contests this season and has surpassed 30 in four of those. After the Bangor game, Graves has 302 points to give him 1234 for his career. That puts him 6th among the eleven 1000 point scorers in Catasauqua boys basketball. In roughly a month, he went from 12th to 6th. The legendary Larry Miller rules with 2,722 points.
The Rough Riders fell to 8-3 overall after the loss to the Slaters in a battle of division leaders but need just one win to match their win total from 2016-2017 when they finished with a 9-15 overall record. The Graves era will end with improvement and should mark a return to the league tournament in Eric Snyder’s 26th year as head coach as well as Districts. But Bangor and several other teams will be hurdles to overcome in Catsauqua’s quest for a league title in the post season.