BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Matt Faller and Evan Reiner led Gov. Livingston with 13 and 12 points respectively in the 51-45 victory over Koinonia Tuesday night. The Highlanders survived a second half comeback from Koinonia in a close game to improve GL's record to 5-5.
GL led 29-18 at halftime, but Koinonia came out strong in the third quarter. They scored 17 points in the third to narrow GL's lead to 38-35. In the fourth quarter, Koinonia would pull within two points of the Highlanders, but GL would never surrender the lead. In the final three minutes of the game, the Highlanders netted six baskets while holding Koinonia to a single two-pointer. The final score was 51-45.
Tyler McCulloch added 10 points, Ryan Davey 9 points, Matthew Schuman chipped in five points and Ferinando Melo added two points.
After the game, GL head coach Chris Loeffler was happy to win but knew the team could play better. "It was a little sloppy. I think they played with a lot of energy," Loeffler said, "We did just enough to keep them off -- you know, where I felt like we need to do a little more."
GL hosts Cranford on Thursday at 7 p.m.