WEST ORANGE, NJ - Double-figure performances from Javanti Archer and Keshawn Alexander led the Orange Tornadoes to their 15th victory Tuesday evening, 50-37, over West Orange.
The final score did not reflect the intensity and competitiveness between the two teams. The scoreboard showed a 30-22 Orange lead when the teams went to the locker room at halftime. West Orange showed resilience in the third quarter, outscoring Orange, 8-4, including a 6-0 run and trimming the deficit to four points at the end of the quarter.
The fourth quarter saw a complete momentum shift, as the Tornadoes made sure that they never relinquished the lead. Despite West Orange having a double bonus situation for the whole quarter, Orange played aggressive defense and forced turnovers. Orange took the air out of the Tarnoff Gymnasium, starting the fourth period with a 6-0 run of its own. The Tornadoes would go on to outscore the Mountaineers, 16-7, in the quarter.
Orange controlled the tempo and style of play from the tip, running the floor, and getting out in transition. The game was close throughout but West Orange never had a lead throughout the course of the action.
West Orange coach Greg Tynes said Orange “played aggressive defense” and “took us out of some of our sets."
While Tynes says backcourt play is the strength of Orange, he will have to focus on the wing players against Irvington on Thursday at West Orange at 7 p.m.
“Their strength is their size. They have big guys and they are pretty athletic. We have to keep them off the boards and handle their pressure," said Tynes. "They have about five guys who can dunk and on people too, so we have to keep them from doing plays that can excite the crowd.”
West Orange falls to 8-10, while Orange improved its record to 15-7.