SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - The Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys basketball team has played four of the last five games on the road and lost all of them.
On Jan. 25, the team traveled to St. Mary and lost, 63-43. Josh Acosta led the Raiders in scoring with 10 points. Quaryee Bull and Andrew Voysest each chipped in eight points, as well. Robert Lewis scored a game high 15 points for St. Mary. SPF then played at Dunellen Jan. 27 where they lost its second straight game by 20 or more points, 55-35. Bull and Christian Lisojjo each scored nine points for SPF and David Johnson scored a game-high 27 points for Dunellen.
On the second day of the back-to-back, the Raiders hosted Rahway and won, 67-64. Leo Ramos scored the most points by any player with 17. Bull and Voysest each scored in double digits as well. On Jan. 30, the team traveled to Cranford and lost to the Cougars for the second time this season, 56-41. No player for the Raiders scored in double digits and Chris Gibbons led SPF with nine points. The following night, SPF traveled to Roselle and lost a close game, 61-58. Ramos scored a game high 25 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the balanced scoring attack of Roselle who had four players score in double figures.
The Raiders are 8-9 this season, but have a 5-3 record at home and a 3-6 record on the road. The team is scoring an average of 58.5 points per game at home compared to 47.4 points per game on the road.
“I believe we play better at home because we have a crowd to motivate us. Going into someone else’s gym and trying to win is a tougher task because everyone is against you,” said Devin Glover, a guard for SPF. Sometimes a bad streak of games could cause a team’s attitude to dwindle but not the Raiders.
“We go out and play hard every night and I’m proud of my team for that,” said Bull, starter for the Raiders. The defense for SPF has been almost identical whether the team is on the road or at home. The Raiders are holding the opposing team to 60.75 points per game at home and 59 points per game when they play away. This stat shows that the team continues to compete on the defensive side of the floor without depending on if the team’s shots are falling.
The Scotch Plains-Fanwood basketball team secured a spot in the state tournament after defeating Rahway Jan. 28. The team will now look to improve so they can make some noise in the state tournament.
“Now we are looking to get better every game heading into states so we can go far in the tournament. We are looking forward to playing high-level teams like Linden to test what we can do against high-caliber teams,” Bull said.
SPF will travel to A.L. Johnson on Feb. 4, then come back home to host Linden on Feb. 6.
Trevor Skanes is a senior at Scotch Plains Fanwood High School and has a passion for the field of journalism. This is his third year on staff at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s newspaper, The Fanscotian. Trevor was the sports editor last year and now is one of the editors-in-chiefs for the newspaper. Last year, Trevor won an award from GSSPA, for best news story in division B in the state of New Jersey. For the school year 2013-2014, Trevor will be the sports editor of the Scotch Plains Edition of the Alternative Press and will write the SPFHS Sports Wrap Up every week.
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