BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- After trailing Cranford for most of the second half, GL senior Tyler McCulloch drained a tiebreaking three with a little over three minutes of play left in the fourth quarter. Next possession, junior Matthew Faller would drop a three of his own to give the Highlanders a lead that Cranford would not be able to catch. The Highlanders would tally six free throws to put the game even further out of reach for a final score of 56-47 Thursday night at home.
The game was played evenly at the start. The first half of the game was fraught with lead changes and tied scores, but Cranford would come out of the half with the lead. GL was down 20-25, and Cranford was looking for blood.
In the third quarter, the Cougars extended their lead with five consecutive scores for the biggest differential of the game 34-23. Down by 11 against a surging Cranford team, Governor Livingston head coach Chris Loeffler took a timeout. The Highlanders came out of that timeout on fire. They scored four straight baskets and pulled within three points of the Cougars.
Loeffler didn't take responsibility for the turnaround. "It's what Matt Schuman told them, our senior leader," Loeffler said, "He's a leader on the court and a man of few words, but when he talks people listen." Schuman did more than just inspire his teammates, he also lead them in scoring on the night with 15 points.
Despite the uplifted comeback, the Highlanders were still unable to gain the lead and entered the fourth quarter down 42-38. GL shut the Cougars down in the final quarter of the game allowing only five points while scoring 18 of their own to put the game away.
The Highlanders seek their fourth win in a row when they host Hillside on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m