Hackensack: In a hotly contested N.N.J.I.L. matchup, Don Bosco Prep outlasted Hackensack Highschool 54-49. The game was close from start to finish as Prep had a 22-19 halftime and a 39-37 3rd quarter lead. The game was decided in a great 4th quarter that included 6 ties and 5 lead changes. The last tie at 47 with 1:01 left on a basket by Bosco super sophomore Vaughn Gray (12 pts.). On the next possesion Gray blocked and stole the ball resulting in 2 free throws to put Prep up 49-47 with 41 seconds left in the game. Bosco proceeded to make 5 out of 6 free throws to close the Comets out. Prep was led by Max Brewer’s 18 points, while Terik Bridgeman led Hackensack with 15 points and Alex George added 12.
Depaul: After a pregame ceremony celebrating breaking the alltime scoring record in school history,you would expect Depaul star guard Justin Crosgile would try to go off once the game began. Instead, with Wayne Valley double and sometimes triple teaming him, Crosgile allowed his teammates to do the work for him. With Matt Miller (10 pts.), Mike Minerik(11 pts.) and Joe Giacchi (10 pts.) doing the work early, Depaul took an early lead and maintained it the entire way. Crosgile took and made his first basket with 1:00 left in the 1st quarter and then played a strong floor game, finishing with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. The game was hotly contested but lost alot of it’s luster and gave a reality check when with 1:37 left in the 2nd quarter Wayne Valley’s star point guard Jason Rosenberg collided with a Depaul player and ended up prone on the floor with a severe neck injury. The game was held up for more than thirty minutes, as Rosenberg was carried out on a stretcher. He actually looked on his way to a big game, leaving with 11 points. Nick Siljee carried Wayne Valley the rest of the way finishing with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Colton Callaghan added 13 points for Valley. Depaul got energy games from juniors Wally Samaji (7 pts) and Keith Ford (7pts.) off the bench.
thurs. January 22nd
Teaneck Highschool has quietly been a Juggernaut lately. After a 5 point lost to Kennedy, the Highwaymen have been on a roll, reeling off 6 straight wins after beating Paramus Catholic relatively easy 69-52 Kyle Steinbergin led the attack with 19 points and Javae King-Gilchrist once again played a marvelous floor game for Teaneck scoring 17 points. John Berry Badillo led P.C. with 16.