NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Oratory Prep came to New Providence on Friday night looking to avenge an earlier season loss to the Pioneers. It was not meant to be, as the New Providence squad won again - this time by a score of 64-52.
The Pioneers put in 70 percent of their 2-point attempts and 85 percent of their free throws. Only a 31 percent shooting performance by New Providence from beyond the arc, which included a dismal 0-7 first quarter showing, helped keep the final score from being a runaway.
Eight New Providence players registered points, with Curtis Kyzima and Bryan Sherman leading the way with 14 each. Tyler Curto scored 12, while Jason Morang and Kyle Kroeger tossed in eight.
New Providence head coach Art Cattano said: "It was one of our best games of the year."
In the first quarter, the game was tied at six at the 4:22 mark. The Pioneers then went on an 8-2 run with four players scoring to end the quarter ahead 14-8.
In the second quarter with Kyzima on the bench in foul trouble, Oratory made a comeback by scoring seven unanswered points to take a 15-14 lead at the 4:29 mark. Matt Romeo came off the bench to score all four of his points in the second quarter.
"Romeo gave us good minutes in the first half," Cattano said.
Both teams traded points when the half ended with Oratory up by one, 27-26. This was the only quarter that Oratory outscored the Pioneers, as they hit six of their 14 field goals.
Two minutes into the 3rd quarter Oratory extended its biggest lead of the night to five by hitting three foul shots after being fouled shooting a deep ball on top of hitting a 3-pointer as well.
New Providence stormed back with Kyzima scoring seven points, Curto five and Michael Wilderotter thrilling the home court fans with a long three at the buzzer for his only points of the night. His shot gave New Providence a five point lead at 43-38 after three periods.
The fourth quarter saw the Pioneers extend its lead as it traded field goals to Oratory's foul shots.
Oratory tried to make the Pioneers turn the ball over by utilizing a full court press, but the Pioneers were able to make several nice passes leading to easy short shots and layups.
In the final minutes of the game, New Providence was able to spread the floor on offense to take time off the clock and force the Rams to foul them.
"Our success came about by putting a strong 4th quarter effort together," Cattano said. "We got a lot of help from players coming off the bench when our regulars were in foul trouble. Wilderotter making the shot at the 3rd quarter buzzer gave us a shot in the arm."
The season continues on Tuesday when the Pioneers attempt to even their record against Hillside at home. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.