St.Joseph Highschool of Montvale used their experience to out duel an inexperience, but determined St. Peters Prep team 49-46 to advance to the state quarterfinals of the Non public A against third ranked Pope John. Kai Dominguez led St. Joe’s with 12 points while Marvin Fulmore(10pts),Hakeem Williams (9pts 3stls) and Joe Efese(8pts) all contributed to a team effort on both ends of the floor. 6’7 freshman Keith Lumpkin showed signs of why he has such a big upside in alot of people’s minds. Although he has played better,he finished with 8 points 7rebounds and 5blocked shots.
The object of the state playoffs is to survive and advance. Kennedy Highschool did just that as they overcame a 4 point deficit with 42 seconds left to get by Passaic County Tech 50-49 and again meet their crosstown rival Eastside highschool in the quarterfinals of the Group 4 state sectionals. Dwan Lighty’s free throw with 3 seconds left clinched the game for the Knights after a steal. Davian Plunkett(21pts,20rebs,5blks)) was a man among boys as he constantly made big plays, including a
Jordan Theodore finally got what he set out to do. After four years of seeking that elusive Passaic County championship ,Theodore was able to reach his goal, with alot of help from his teammates as Paterson Catholic beat Eastside Highschool 84-78. The high energy game was filled with energizing and electrifying plays throughout as each team seemed to be up to the task.Even though P.C. held the lead the entire time the Ghosts of Eastside continued to fight back. Eastside held its only lead of the game at 11-10, but a 11-2 run gave P.C. a 21-13 lead. Theodore(13pts,4dimes,2stls) got the help he needed from teammates