BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Senior Myles Toppin and sophomore Mike Ramos scored 16 points each Saturday to lead the Bloomfield Bengals boys basketball team to a 42-point victory over the Kearny Kardinals.
After defeating the now (5-6, 3-4 HCIL) visitors 62-20, the Bengals improved to (11-1, 5-1 SEC).
The game started out close as the Kardinals trailed the home team by one point. It wasn’t long before Bengals junior Mayowa Akindebe added a layup that gave his team a 6-3 advantage.
After Akindebe’s bucket, the home team started a scoring spree that led them to a 17-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Strong defense by the Bengals only allowed two points from the Kardinals in the second quarter and ten points in the second half.
“We tell our guys all the time to be really good defensively and get good opportunities from your defense in transition,” Bengals Assistant Coach Mike Passero said in a post-game interview.
The large scoring margin did not come as shock to Toppin, as him and his team have been strong on defense all season.
“We pride ourselves on defense,” Toppin told TAPinto Bloomfield. “I’m not really surprised.”
In addition to Toppin’s 16 points, he added 11 rebounds, five steals, three blocks and two assists.
Ramos recorded two rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Akindebe as well as sophomore Will Robinson gave the Bengals another seven points each. Junior Richie Guillaume scored another six points.
Although the team is one of the best in the conference, Passero would like to see even more improvement.
“Our half court offense really needs to improve,” the coach said. “We need to keep shooting the ball a little bit better and stay dialed in defensively.”
Senior Steve Kryatis led the visitors with 10 points, but was the only Kardinal to enter double digits. His teammate Eric Morales added a team-high seven rebounds.
With 10 regular season games remaining, Ramos feels confident that him and his team will keep playing well.
“The way we’re playing, I don’t think there’s any pressure on us right now,” Ramos told TAPinto Bloomfield.
The Bengals will take on the Neptune Scarlet Fliers Monday. The boys will tip off at Long Branch High School at 12 PM.