RAHWAY, N.J. - The Summit boys' basketball team advanced to the second round of the Union County Tournament, beating Saint Mary's 54-41 in the tournament's first round on Sunday at Rahway High School.
The Hilltoppers had four players score in double-figures, led by Ba'shawn Mickens's game-high 19 points.
"It was very nice to win the game," Summit head coach David White said. "It was a very tough physical game. They're a very scrappy team."
Mickens had only two points in the first half, but center Rob Walsh was a force inside, scoring nine points in the first 16 minutes.
Defensively, the Hilltoppers held Saint Mary to only one basket in the first quarter, a 3-pointer from Dontay Julius.
The Toppers nailed four 3-pointers in the first half, trailing the Hilltoppers 21-17 at the half.
"We had a little problem in the beginning of the game, had some great looks just couldn't finish," White said. "We came out in the second half and really picked up the defense and got the key shots we needed to."
Summit rallied for 33 points in the final two periods, including 17 from Mickens.
"I played well," Mickens said. "I had a solid game. I was rusty in the first half, but my players picked me up and we started clicking."
With the game still close during the third and fourth quarters, the Hilltoppers remained strong from the free-throw line to seal the game.
Summit was 14-of-17 from the charity stripe, including a perfect six from Mac Weisner. He finished the game with 10 points.
Julius was the only fourth quarter basket-maker for Saint Mary, putting up seven points in the final period. Cliff Lee added two free-throws during the last eight minutes.
"[The win is] good for us," White said. "Its two games against the higher division. We're looking forward to Wednesday."
Summit advances to face the winner of Union Catholic/Johnson on Wednesday at Roselle Catholic High School.