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Boys Basketball: Bloomfield Bengals Set NJ Season Scoring Record in Victory Over Livingston

Junior Richie Guillaume scores the 100th point in Bloomfield's record-breaking victory over Livingston Credits: Nicolas Fernandes/TAPinto Bloomfield
Senior Myles Toppin scored a career-high 22 points IN Bloomfield's record-breaking defeat over Livingston Credits: Nicolas Fernandes/TAPinto Bloomfield
Sophomore Mike Ramos gets ready to shoot a free throw during Bloomfield's record-setting victory over Livingston Credits: Nicolas Fernandes/TAPinto Bloomfield
Senior Myles Toppin goes in for a layup during Bloomfield's record-setting defeat over Livingston Credits: Nicolas Fernandes/TAPinto Bloomfield
Sophomore Mike Ramos scored 20 points in Bloomfield's record-setting victory over Livingston Credits: Nicolas Fernandes/TAPinto Bloomfield
The Bloomfield Benagls set an NJ season record with their 112-66 victory over the Livingston Lancers Credits: Nicolas Fernandes/TAPinto Bloomfield
The Bloomfield Bengals set an NJ season record with their 112-66 defeat over the Livingston Lancers Credits: Nicolas Fernandes/TAPinto Bloomfield
Bloomfield Head Coach Patrick Brunner speaks to his team during a timeout Credits: Nicolas Fernandes/TAPinto Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Richie Guillaume, Myles Toppin and Mike Ramos paced the Bloomfield Bengals boys basketball team Thursday night, leading them to set a New Jersey high school season record for the most points scored in a single game. 

In a game in which Guillaume and Toppin set new career-highs, the Bengals stayed far ahead of the Livingston Lancers since the first quarter and recorded a 112-66 victory.

The new record holders improved to (10-1, 5-1 SEC) as the visitors fell to (4-6, 1-5 SEC).

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Quick scoring by the Bengals in the game’s first few minutes put the Lancers behind early on. After leading 40-17 at the end of the first quarter, the Bengals continued to dominate their opponent for the rest of the game.

“Our guys did a good job of just passing the ball through their pressure and playing pretty good defense verse a team that goes up and down,” Bengals Assistant Coach Mike Passaro said in a post-game interview.

Guillaume – a transfer student from Orange – netted 26 points to achieve his new personal record. The 6’0 junior scored the team’s 100th point with a layup in the last 45 seconds of the third quarter.

“It felt good,” Guillaume told TAPinto Bloomfield. “The team was excited.”

Toppin added another 22 points, beating his previous career high by one point.

Ramos also put forth yet another impressive offensive performance, giving the Bengals 20 points.

“We just played strong with the ball and turned it over,” the 5’11 sophomore said.

After three straight quarters of dominating the opponent, the three 20-plus scorers sat out, while some of the less experienced players got a chance to control the court.

With only one loss on the board and 11 regular season games remaining, Passaro is confident that the boys can maintain a successful record.

“I think we have a pretty good group, good leadership and our leaders and our seniors will take care of that,” Passaro told TAPinto Bloomfield.

The Bengals will host the (5-5, 3-4 HCIL) Kearny Kardinals Saturday. The boys will tip off at 2 pm.

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