SUMMIT, NJ - Matt Fischetti scored 15 points, Robbie Walsh added 14, and the Summit varsity boys basketball team used tenacious defense and strong inside play to defeat Jonathan Dayton, 56-38, on Thursday.
The first quarter saw the Hilltoppers miss several layups and close-in opportunities, and point guard Wayne Wong picked up two fouls, but Summit persevered and surged to a lead. Wong's absence proved costly, however, as in the final two minutes of the quarter, Summit turned the ball over four consecutive times attempting to bring the ball up the court, and Dayton capitalized to score six consecutive points.
Summit's man defense grew more intense in the second quarter, and they began to flex their advantage in the paint. Even though Wong committed his third foul with 5:17 to go in the half, the Hilltoppers' defense caused turnovers that created transition baskets which carried Summit to a 29-20 lead entering the break.
The third quarter was more of the same, and Fischetti appeared to be everywhere on the floor, contesting rebounds, diving for loose balls, and converting under the basket. Despite a couple of Dayton mini-runs, the Hilltoppers upped their lead slightly to 41-30 after three quarters.
Summit expanded their lead in the fourth quarter, as their offense drove the ball into the paint, the penetration creating a 3-on-2 mismatch around the basket. Easy first- and second-chance baskets followed, and the lead ballooned to 17 points with five minutes to go.
Of the numerous missed chances around the basket, Head Coach Jim Davidson said, "Offensively, we created some good opportunities and high percentage shots, we just have to concentrate and finish."
While admitting some concern over Wong picking up three first-half oils, Davidson said, "Wayne played smart the rest of the way. He is our floor general, and we didn't handle their half-court pressure well when he was not in the game."
Despite having 12 days off, Davidson felt his team played "good, solid man-to-man defense", and said his team is progressing. "We have some things, both offensively and defensively, that we need to work on, and we will just continue to build and improve. it is still early, and it a long season."
Earlier in the day, the Summit JV team beat Jonathan Dayton 42-30, and the Freshman team also won, defeating the Bulldogs 40-25.
Summit is back in action tomorrow night, taking on Arthur L. Johnson in the second of back-to-back home games. The Varsity tips off at 7 p.m.