BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Gov. Livingston Highlanders boys basketball fell to the Oratory Prep Rams Saturday afternoon in Berkeley Heights, 55-42.
GL got off to a slow offensive start. After opening the game with a three pointer from senior Matthew Bruno, the Highlanders struggled to find the basket. The Rams found their early groove and kept the Highlanders to a dull roar offensively, giving them a 9 point lead heading into the half.
With the absence of senior starter Javon Reis-Wilson, the Highlanders relied on their other offensive powerhouse, senior Jack Davey. Behind Davey's stellar third quarter performance the Highlanders cut the deficit to 8. Davey scored 7 of his 14 points in the third. Highlander Head Coach Chris Loeffler weighed in on Jack's contributions.
"Jack continued to play solid defense by holding the other team's best player to 7 pts, four of them coming off of foul shots," Loeffler said.
However, the Rams offensive show in the fourth became too much for the Highlanders to overcome. Oratory ended the game on a 21-16 run.
With this loss the Highlanders fall to 6-10. Although they've dropped their last three games, Coach Loeffler finds solace in their ability to take away lessons from the game to focus on in order to improve.
"We plan to continue to focus on getting better offensively and hope that we stay healthy so that we can approach each game at full strength," Loeffler said.
Up next, GL will travel to Edison to face J.P. Stevens High School on Thursday, Feb. 11 with a 7 p.m. tip off.