First-year head coach Billy Hallman has only been a part of the Northwestern boys’ basketball program for a few months.
Earlier this week he achieved something that hasn’t been done in five years.
The Tigers (4-4 overall, 2-3 CL) defeated Northern Lehigh for the first time since 2009, 63-40, in a battle of Colonial League rivals on Monday night at Northwestern Lehigh High School.
“That’s what we talked about before the game,” Hallman said. “It has been since 2009 since we beat Northern Lehigh, 10 games. It meant a lot to these seniors to get a win early this season and we are going to use it as a stepping stone moving forward.”
Last season, the Northwestern Lehigh wrestling team earned just four victories. This year’s Tigers already surpassed that total, and the season isn’t quite one month old.
The team improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the Colonial League after defeating Catasauqua, 51-24, last week in a battle of league unbeatens in New Tripoli.
Northwestern also surpassed last year’s league win total as the squad earned only one victory in the Colonial League last season.
The Tigers broke into the unchartered territory by getting out early and often against the Rough Riders. Northwestern stormed out to a 5-0 lead after Quentin Bernhard earned a 16-0 major decision over Tyler Melendez at 120 pounds, the first bout of the match.
A basketball game was suppose to take place Monday at Northwestern High School.
Instead, a track meet broke out.
Northwestern (4-4 overall, 2-3 CL) had enough stamina to win the race and subsequently the basketball game as the Tigers defeated Colonial League rival Northern Lehigh, 63-40, in a battle of up-tempo and high flying offenses in New Tripoli.
“We want to get up and down the floor. We hope that at some point in the game we wear the other opponent down,” said Northwestern first-year head coach Billy Hallman. “I think it definitely caught up to Northern Lehigh, especially in the second half.”