Sports

Boys Basketball: New Providence Rains Threes on Gov. Livingston  for 74-67 Victory

a4bca26b8422636f71a8_DSC_7267.jpg
New Providence defeats GL on Super Saturday. Credits: John Haddad
71b0dd0d16422977b4fa_DSC_7203.jpg
Credits: John Haddad
bdfe3258000bcdcd87b9_DSC_7331.jpg
Credits: John Haddad
6a295cf96146e0ee36b8_DSC_7158.jpg
Credits: John Haddad
2980e977087250376c10_DSC_7209.jpg
Brian Kelly scored a game and career high 25 points in the Pioneers 74-67 victory over Gov. Livingston. Credits: John Haddad
da9d0e53234cd670cb06_DSC_7121.jpg
Credits: Jimmy Alagna
300bf69f287aaca0ae69_DSC_7110.jpg
Credits: Jimmy Alagna
25becf8bf0ad550ad3d1_DSC_7108.jpg
Credits: Jimmy Alagna
cad952dc161207e9b90e_DSC_7149.jpg
Credits: John Haddad
ba4386df7e223798cdbc_DSC_7230.jpg
Credits: John Haddad
55608d139fdc4ea31074_DSC_7258.jpg
Credits: John Haddad
c867f558fc184e45f67d_DSC_7294.jpg
Credits: John Haddad
ef05cab97c724a6cdf90_DSC_7214.jpg
Credits: John Haddad
cfb1563a7b01c15670c2_DSC_7185.jpg
Credits: John Haddad
a4bca26b8422636f71a8_DSC_7267.jpg

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Brain Kelly and Greg Meyers combined for 47 points and the New Providence Pioneers connected on 11 three pointers en route to a 74-67 win over neighborhood rival Gov. Livingston Saturday afternoon in Berkeley Heights.

New Providence veteran coach Art Cattano knows that the Super Saturday rivalry game is anyone's ball game. "You play this game, it doesn't matter, it's a great rivalry," he said. "We love coming here to play in front of a big crowd."

The sold out revved up ‘Super Saturday” crowd was treated to a well played game which saw the red hot shooting Pioneers surge to a 16 point  lead before a late three point barrage from the Highlanders brought the home team to within five with just over a minute remaining in the contest. However, the Pioneers who  blew a late double digit lead to the Highlanders last season made sure that wasn’t  going to happen again as they hit five straight free throws down the  stretch to close out the win.

Sign Up for E-News

Kelly scored a career high 25 points and Meyers hit five threes on his way to 22 points. Gov. Livingston was led by senior Matt Schuman who registered a double- double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.  New Providence (5-1) won for the fifth consecutive time after opening the season with a road loss to Johnson. Gov. Livingston who will get another shot at New Providence later in the season saw their season mark evened at 3-3.

After Kelly scored the game's first points on a jumper, Gov. Livingston got back to back threes from Dylan DeFronzo (7 pts.) and Ryan Davey (6 pts) in the middle of a 10-0 Highlander run. A quick New Providence timeout and defensive adjustment to a trapping 1-3-1 zone combined with a blistering 12 point quarter from Kelly brought the Pioneers to within 17-15 after one quarter of play.

Early in the second quarter, New Providence wrestled the lead back on a Tyler DeGeorge (9 pts) drive to the hoop and the Pioneers would never trail again. The Highlanders got a lift from Josh Coldon (11 pts) off the bench as he scored five points on a layup off a steal and a three ball, but they still had no answer for Kelly who scored seven more points in the second quarter. Trailing 33-31 after Schuman hit a baseline jumper, Gov. Livingston had a disappointing defense lapse with just seven seconds left in the half. The Highlanders allowed Kelly to take the inbound pass, dribble up the court and drop a long three on them, bumping the Pioneer lead to five as time expired ending the half. To make matters worse, Gov. Livingston had a team foul to give, but didn’t take it, allowing the red hot Kelly to get one last good look at the basket. Kelly finished the half with 19 points which made up for the lack of production from the Pioneers leading scorer and rebounder Dylan Bedder (6 pts,5 reb,3 blk) who was regulated to the bench due to early foul trouble.

New Providence has averaged just under 70 points a game  and in the third quarter they showed just how explosive their offense can be as they put up 23 third quarter points. Bedder opened the quarter taking a lob from Sean Dillon(4 pts,3 A) for a quick hoop followed by another jumper from Kelley. Gov. Livingston’s leading scorer Matt Faller (14 pts), who did not score in the first half, interrupted the mini Pioneer run with a foul line jumper before Meyers  buried a three to give the visitors their first double digit lead of the game at 43-33.



With Meyers, who hit a game high five three pointers,  feeling it from the outside and Bedder starting to exert himself down low, New Providence took control of the game. The Pioneer lead ballooned to 16 as DeGeorge joined the shooting party connecting on yet another three. Gov. Livingston managed to cut the lead to 10 with Ty McCulloch (7 pts) scoring on a three and a put back, but DeGeorge pushed it right back up to 13 with his second three of the quarter.

To the Highlanders credit, trailing 65-52 with just 2:40 left in the game, they never stopped playing and over the next minute and a half mounted a frantic rally.  Schuman took a feed for a quick turnaround jumper  and Faller followed with a pair of free throws . Coldon then hit a three to cut the lead to 8 at 67-59. Schuman stole the subsequent in-bound pass and Coldon brought the hometown faithful to their feet as he drilled his second three in matter of  20 seconds.

Cattano had to be pleased on what he saw from his young team over the last minute of the game. Now clinging to a 67-62 lead before a hostile crowd that had now been whipped into a frenzy, the Pioneers confidently closed out the win. Over the next 30 seconds Richie Wawzycki and point guard Dillon converted back to back one and ones capping off a 13-17 day for the Pioneers at the foul line.  The Pioneers ability to make their free throws never allowed the Highlanders to get any closer than five as they finished off the hard fought road win.

Gov. Livingston coach Chris Loeffler also can find positive takeaways from yesterday's disappointing loss to a talented New Providence team.  "New Providence is a good team - there is no doubt about it this year," said Loeffler. "They have beaten some very good basketball teams this year. -- Knowing what they were going to bring in their fire-power, I was happy with the way our guys played for 25-28 minutes. It was that four minute stretch [of the third quarter] that we let our guard down -- but they battled back from that."

His team, despite being down big late, never gave up and hit some very big shots down the stretch. If the Highlanders can eliminate Inconsistencies in their defensive intensity, specifically in the third quarter of play they certainly will be in a better position to become the team their capable of being.

It doesn't get any easier for Gov. Livingston as they travel to Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Tuesday to take on an undefeated  Raider (5-0) team, followed by a home game against a 5-1 Summit squad. New Providence will have two home games next week against Oratory and Brearley before  they get a shot at avenging their only loss of the season against UCC-Sky division leader Johnson at home on January 18th.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Union County College’s Drama Club to Present “12 Angry Jurors”

April 25, 2018

CRANFORD – Union County College’s Drama Club will be performing for their spring show the play, “12 Angry Jurors,” as adapted by Sherman L. Sergel and based on the Emmy award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose. The play is based on the same plot as “12 Twelve Angry Men,” but by being named “12 Angry Jurors” both men and women appear in the ...

Paint by the Pond Event to be Held at Warinanco Park

ROSELLE/ELIZABETH, NJ - Children ages 4 to 12 years old are invited by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders to participate in the third annual Paint by the Pond. A project that teaches families about the importance of recycling while encouraging children to paint on cardboard, creating art from materials usually thrown away.

There will also be miniature houses made with the cardboard ...

The Mayor Addresses a Question on Tax Credits for Businesses

April 25, 2018

Some citizens have suggested that Berkeley Heights and any other New Jersey municipality can and should grant “tax breaks” or “tax credits” in the hopes of enticing businesses downtown. However, the law is clear and it does NOT allow municipalities to give “tax credits” to businesses.

Article VIII of the New Jersey State Constitution, Section 1 states, ...

Politics IS Government in Union County

After Bruce Patrson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting freeholder I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered. A the the April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

After ten years of following government in Union County I conclude ...

New Providence Borough Council to Cultivate Relationships with County Officials

April 12, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Councilman Robert Robinson touted the importance of personal relationships with Union County representatives at the Monday, April 9 council meeting.

Union County Freeholders Angel Estrada and Bette Jane Kowalski attended the Street Smart campaign kick-off event prior to the meeting providing the council members with the opportunity to chat face-to-face with the two ...

Student Led #Rally4 Action to Protest Gun Violence Held Friday in Springfield

April 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Fueled partially by their disappointment that students were not allowed to leave school for the nationwide student protest last month, student leaders planned a rally Friday on the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine massacre in Colorado. At 4:30 p.m., students, parents, families, community members met at Chisholm Community Center to register voters, make ...

Student Led #Rally4 Action to Protest Gun Violence Held Friday in Springfield

April 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Fueled partially by their disappointment that students were not allowed to leave school for the nationwide student protest last month, student leaders planned a rally Friday on the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine massacre in Colorado. At 4:30 p.m., students, parents, families, community members met at Chisholm Community Center to register voters, make ...