GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The West Essex boys basketball team took the court for the first time since Feb. 16 on Friday.
And, also for the last time in this shortened and COVID-disrupted season.
The Knights made the most of their return to the hardwood by pulling away from a close game in the second half for a 65-54 victory on the road over Glen Ridge.
After trailing by as many as six, West Essex (5-4) rallied led by two, 25-23, at the half. The team then imposed its will on the game quickly when the third quarter got underway.
Chris Corbo grabbed a defensive rebound and threw an outlet pass downcourt to Justin Waack for a layup to open the scoring in the half. Daniel Brener follwed with a baseline jumper, then sank a 3-pointer with 5:32 left to give the Knights a 32-23 lead.
It was 38-28 in favor of West Essex late in the third when Waack drained a 3-pointer and then scored a layup in transition to extend the Knights' lead to 43-28.
Brener led West Essex with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Waack finished with 18 points and Corbo had 10 points.