March 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM
SPOTSWOOD, NJ - He has been their hero all season long, so when he was needed the most, it seems fitting that he delivers for them one more time. Jake Dadika hit a game tying basket while being fouled with fifteen seconds left, and then proceeded to sink the game winning foul shot to give the Chargers of Spotswood High School a 54-53 victory over Holmdel in the opening round of the NJSIAA Central New Jersey Group 2 State Tournament Tuesday at Spotswood.
This was a game that the Chargers tried very hard to give away. It was a tale of two halves. The Chargers dominated the first half, rushing out to a 27-13 halftime lead, and seemingly in control, when all of a sudden Holmdel decided it might as well play, considering that they traveled to the game, and mounted a furious comeback, including a 30-14 run to take the lead before Dadika's winning 3-point play.
Dadika is now within striking distance of becoming the Chargers' all-time leading scorer, and will have his next chance to tackle that mark when Spotswood hosts Manchester Township in the next round on Thursday night at 6:00 P.M.
The Spotswood Lady Chargers were not as fortunate, ending their season with a disappointing 71-51 loss to Point Pleasant. Jill Reed led the scoring with 17 points. The Lady Chargers ended their season with a record of 9-15.