SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The excitement surrounding Wednesday's Spotswood High School varsity basketball game against South Plainfield High School was high. Matt Vento was only nine points away from the 1,000 point milestone when he took the court last night. Vento earned his 1,000 point in a contest that saw the Chargers make a second half comeback to force overtime, but it was the Tigers who walked away with the 67-65 victory. The Tigers outscored the Chargers 7-5 in OT to take the win though the loss didn't take away from Vento's accomplishment as family and friends packed the bleachers to share the special moment with the senior.
Vento had 18 points in the game and was the evening's top scorer. Zack Mataya netted 15 points for Spotswood while Michael Harris notched 14. James Clarke chipped in eight for the Chargers whose overall record dropped to 3-9. Spotswood outscored the Tigers 41-26 in the second half to force overtime.
South Plainfield came out hot in the first half, outscoring the Chargers 34-19. Dondre Tate dropped 15 for South Plainfield while Joe Siegenthaler scored 14. Ian McCoid added 11 and both Dylan DeLisa and Moshood Adebule chipped in 10. Spotswood and South Plainfield have struggled this season, occupying the bottom two spots in the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division. Wednesday's loss to the Tigers moved the Chargers into last place in the conference. The Chargers and the Tigers have 2-5 conference records.
Spotswood will look to earn that elusive win on Friday when the team takes on Carteret High School. The away matchup begins at 6 p.m. Vento's 18 game points gives him a career total of 1,009 points in 61 games in blue and gold with 11 games left in the regular season.