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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Bethlehem 'Canes Win Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament

Bethlehem's 7th grade 'Canes team is pretty amazing. Undefeated as 6th graders last year in both tournament and regular season play, the boys got used to winning by thirty or more points.

But that was then.

During this weekend's Thanksgiving Tip Off Tournament, sponsored by Allentown's East Side Youth Center, they struggled. They were actually behind in two different games, but still found a way to come back and win after a long weekend of basketball. They defeated a very tough ... and very tall ... team from Schnecksville to win the championship on Sunday at Dieruff High School.

By two points.

The 'Canes, unlike most basketball teams, are relatively short. But they have explosive speed, ball handling skill and can shoot. And they have Coach Craig Golden, who has led them to a 74-1 record over the last three years. He thought he retired from coaching last year. But his players thought otherwise, and begged him to return.

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