BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston Boys’ Basketball came up just short on Super Saturday, falling to rival New Providence by two on a last second layup. Despite a hard fought game led by seniors Ryan Davey and Matt Faller, GL could not pull off an upset.
The Highlanders started the game off strong, grabbing an early lead and hanging close throughout the first half. Going into the break, GL led the Pioneers by a point.
GL began the second half flat-footed, and New Providence took advantage. The Pioneers took a five point lead after the third quarter, leading by as many as 9. GL hung tough, though, and managed to keep the game close enough to make a run.
The fourth quarter was defensive heavy, as only 15 total points were scored. GL tied the game with under two minutes remaining, and after a New Providence turnover, had possession with 18 seconds to go. Dylan Defronzo set a high ball screen for Faller, who curled around the defense to get alone for an elbow jumper that missed short. A long rebound came to Sean Dillon, who ran a Pioneer fast break and dished to Dylan Bedder for the game winning layup. That bucket was Bedder’s 14th point and Dillon’s 8th assist.
After a coach Chris Loeffler timeout, GL inbounded to Faller who passed ahead to Davey, who chucked a shot from just inside half-court. As the crowd held its breath, the shot missed after hitting the rim twice.
New Providence senior Dylan Bedder had a monster game, posting 14 points and a whopping 18 rebounds. Greg Myers added a 14 point effort, and despite just 4 points, Sean Dillon did his role as floor general, facilitating the ball and dishing out 8 assists.
GL saw a solid game from Ryan Davey, who led the game with 15 points on four 3-pointers made. Matt Faller also added 14, while Dylan DeFronzo put up seven with one three point field goal.
GL will look to bounce back from the crushing defeat on Tuesday when it faces off with Summit in another rivalry game, this time on the road. Summit is another elite team, and the Highlanders will look at the positives from this one and try to succeed in pulling off the upset of the Hilltoppers.