SUMMIT, NJ – Led by senior forward Mac Wiesner, the Summit Hilltoppers opened the Jim Davidson-era with a 62-46 boys basketball victory over New Providence on Friday.
Wiesner dominated the second half of the game, scoring 16 of his game-high 20 points in the final 16 minutes of the game.
“Mac just got hot,” Davidson said. “Mac can hit some good shots. I thought he made some shots in the clutch. We’re really happy there.”
After falling behind by 7-0 to open the game, the Pioneers fought all the way back to pull within one at halftime.
New Providence took the lead halfway into the third quarter when Matt Romeo hit back-to-back deep balls with 5:22 remaining. However, the Pioneers scored only one point in the final five minutes of the period, leading to a 12-0 Summit run.
Senior forward Matt Fischetti had six points during the streak that saw the Pioneers two point turn into a 10-point deficit.
All of Summit’s points during the run were scored in groups of three. Senior guard Kyle Crotty hit a deep ball from the left wing, followed quickly by an old-fashioned 3-point play from Fischetti. Wayne Wong and Wiesner both added deep balls before the end of the quarter.
New Providence head coach Art Cattano said the Hilltoppers hit their shots at just the right time.
“They just got hot, hit a few threes,” Cattano said. “We just missed our shots. We missed a bunch of free throws; I know that, that always makes a difference. If we make our free throws, maybe we’re up five or six and can do a few things.”
Trailing by 10 to open the fourth quarter, the Pioneers were never able cut their deficit to anything lower than eight points in the final period.
Wiesner played a big role in the fourth quarter. After his three pointer at the end of the third extended Summit’s lead to 10, Wiesner scored the Hilltopper’s first seven in the fourth.
New Providence senior guard Curtis Kyzima, who lit up the scoreboard with 12 points in the opening half, was held to just six in the second half, finishing with a team-high 18.
“They’re a better team than people were saying they are,” Cattano said. “They do have three kids back. They have some size. They shoot the ball well. They’re a good team.”
Both squads are back in action on Saturday. Summit visits Oratory Prep, while the Pioneers host Arthur Johnson.