BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The Bloomfield Bengals looked sharp in a 46-36 win over Morristown-Beard in a Summer Basketball League contest on Tuesday, July 9 at Bloomfield High School.
Thanks to early hustle and cohesive teamwork, Bloomfield embarked on an 11-0 run to start game. Senior Vinny Torrisi and junior Vernon Lee led the offensive tempo for the Bengals.
Morristown-Beard didn’t pick up their first point until 8:40 into the game, when the Crimson finally hit a free throw.
Morristown-Beard slowed down Bloomfield’s pace towards the end of the first half, cutting into the Bengals lead, 25-19, at the half.
Bloomfield regained their stride in the second half thanks to some nifty ball movement around the perimeter, taking a 10-point lead, 33-23, with 12:30 to go in the game.
The Bengals extended their lead to a game-high 15-point margin thanks to two Torrisi three-pointers and a Lee field-goal to pull ahead 46-31.
Morristown-Beard closed out the game with a 5-0 run, but it was too little, too late for the Crimson.
It was the first of two evening games for Bloomfield, as a tilt against Hasbrouck Heights would follow in the Bengals doubleheader.
There are 20 teams participating in the annual summer league, including Becton, Belleville, Bloomfield, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Elizabeth, Glen Ridge, Hasbrouck Heights, Livingston, Manchester Regional, Millburn, Montclair Kimberly Academy, Morristown-Beard, Newark Tech, Nutley, Seton Hall Prep, Verona, West Essex, and West Side.
In the 2018-19 season, head coach Michael Passero and the Bloomfield Bengals finished 12-13 overall and 5-7 in the SEC Liberty Division.
Under the direction of head coach Ed Franz, Morristown-Beard concluded the 2018-19 campaign at 7-19 overall and 1-7 in the NJAC Liberty Division.