BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston boys' basketball team lost to one of New Jersey's top teams, Roselle Catholic, 74-43, on Thursday at Governor Livingston High School.

“All things considered I think we played pretty well," Highlander junior Jensen Butler said. "They are the top team in the state, so we went in knowing we had nothing to lose, so we went out and played pretty hard. We have pretty good senior leadership we wanted to get a lot of guys minutes and we just went out there and stuck with the plan and played pretty well.” 

Roselle Catholic’s Malchai Richardson established the Lions offense with his four baskets in the first quarter.

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Throughout the second quarter, Roselle Catholic set the bar high, as Tyler Robinson guided the Lions with several baskets, including a monster slam dunk.

Butler led the Highlanders with 10 points in the quarter, but Governor Livingston trailed big at the end of the first half.

"We played OK," Richardson said. "It was a good game. It was more fun than anything.”

In the second half, the Highlanders were outscored 29-18, but Butler said he was satisfied with ther performance because of the team's youth.

“We have a pretty young team, so we have been improving all year, getting better," he said. "Our results have been getting better every game. We have good senior leadership so we just keep improving and see how far we can go into county’s, and states and take it from there.”

Governor Livingston returns to the floor on Saturday when they face Union in the first round of the Union County Tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Arthur Johnson High School, weather permitting.