After winning the Bergen County Jamboree, Teaneck H.S. still had more to accomplish. They went about doing it by winning the Group 3 Sectional Championship over a game, hard working West Milford H.S. team 58-51 in overtime. Teaneck had four people in double figures again led by Javae King- Gilchrist with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The senior did it all in overtime. After the game was sent into O.T. on a Rob Nylund (9pts., 9 rebs., 3 stls.) put back to make it 43-43 , Gilchrist had a hand in three straight offensive possesions. After Jonathan Blue (13 pts., 5 rebs.) made two free throws to start the overtime, Gilchrist, playing with 4 fouls went coast to coast for a layup to make it 47-43, then after a Jason Sofman (12 pts., 7 rebs., 3 blks.) basket, Gilchrist again made a layup to make it 49-45 with 1:50 left in the game. West Milford would not go away, getting a basket from Chad Houser( 16 pts., 7 rebs.) to cut the lead to 49-47. This time Gilchrist penetrated and found Kyle Steinbergin (13 pts., 4stls.) on the right corner for a game clinching three that made it 52-47. Teaneck got a workhorse game from Shomari Barber with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 block shots. He made a free throw late to wrap it up. West Milford’s point guard Mac Marondo had a solid game with 11 points and 5 assists.
The Eastside seniors got it done! Karon Abraham, Dave Robertson-West and Bryant Lewis accomplished their goal of winning back to back Group 4 Sectional Finals blowing out Union City H.S. 87-59. Abraham led the way with 26 points while West finished with 25. Union City came out fast taking a 14-4 lead to start the game. The Ghosts managed to get within 2 by the end of the 1st quarter at 18-16. They then got busy defensively limiting them to 7 2nd quarter points to take a 33-25 lead. Eastside took complete control in the 2nd half scoring 25 points in the 3rd as Lewis scored all 16 of his points in the quarter. Union City was led by Jonathan Agurto with 16 points while Abdul Ais had 15 and Anthony Arias added 12. The Ghosts now will meet Plainfield H.S. at the Elizabeth Dunn Center for the Group 4 North final.
When St. Anthony’s McDonald All-American Dominic Cheek scored on a two handed dunk off the tap to start the game it seemed as though it may be a typical Anthony’s-Paterson Catholic game where the Friars always manage to have the upper hand. In this case however, St. Anthony’s met a different Cougars squad. This was a resilient, unnerved, confident squad that was focused from the start. They took everything that could be thrown at them,starting with questionable early calls by the officials and of course,the aura of highschool legend Coach Bob Hurley. P.C. maintained their poise to shock St. Anthony’s 60-55 in Jersey City to reach the finals of the Non Public B. Led by Sophomore Myles Mack and Juniors Fuquan Edwin and Jayon James P.C. won for only the second time in nine tries against the Friars and avenged their loss to them last year in the semis of the Non Public B. Neither team had more than a 5 point lead in the game. Mack who finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3assists and 3 steals kept P.C. in the game early with his long range shooting hitting 4 treys for the game. St. Anthony’s led at the half 31-30 behind Devon Collier who had 16 of his 20 points in the first half and 12 of his 15 rebounds. The Cougars would not be deterred as Edwin scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half. He also added 7 boards and 4 steals. James played a great floor game filling the stat sheet only scoring 7 points,but having 7 rebounds,5 assists and 6 steals while making two of the biggest plays of the game when he made a steal that resulted in a Edwin dunk to go up 50-47 and getting a big assist on a Derrick Randall layup to put them up 55-52. Mack made free throws late to clinch it. St. Anthony’s Cheek finished his highschool career with 11 points and 5 rebounds. P.C. got great second half defense from Randall and T.J. Clemmings who shared in neutralizing Collier. Freshman Kyle Anderson again played beyond his years and although he didn’t have crazy numbers his poise in pressure situations while controlling the rock was instrumental in them winning ths game late.