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Notre Dame Spartan Boys Basketball Delivers 81-47 Loss to Lehigh Christian

Jayden Freeman was good for 13 points against Lehigh Christian. Photo by J. Phalon, Jan. 2023

The Notre Dame boys basketball team overwhelmed Lehigh Christian 81-47 last week, but head coach Matt Gallagher was not particularly pleased with his team’s performance in the Jan. 26th home game.

“We weren’t really focused,” Gallagher said. “We’ve just got to get better.”

The game was the Spartans’ second contest in a week against Lehigh, and, in fact, the earlier Jan. 24 game was actually a stronger game for Notre Dame. The Spartans won that game 83-47, compared to 81-47 two days later. “We played them on Tuesday and they laid it up,” Gallagher said. “And come out here and we just left them open.”

Gallagher said the defense left too many shots open that should have been covered.

“We need to get better, and we need to get better defensively,” Gallagher said. “Regardless of what the score is. You can’t really play the scoreboard. You know we got bigger plans you know and a lot of this stuff you gotta clean up especially our bad habits. But it starts on a defensive end.”

Those bigger plans include a strong showing in the post-season, Gallagher said.

“We’re 11-7 now, which is great, but we need to get those defensive opportunities,” he said. “Not being in the right spot for turnovers. A lot of those details.”

Heavin McCain led the Spartans with 18 points, followed by Dom Bojko with 16, including three, three-pointers.

Heavin McCain led the Spartans with 18 points. Photo by J. Phalon, Jan 2023
Dom Bojko scored 16 against Lehigh Christian Jan. 26. Photo by J. Phalon, Jan. 2023

The Spartans were edged by Stroudsburg 48-46 on Jan. 28th. Upcoming games include an away game against Moravian Academy of Bethlehem Feb. 3rd.

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.