BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The Bengals continued their fine play with a 43-30 win over the Kearny Kardinals in a Bloomfield Boys Basketball Summer League tilt on Wednesday, July 17 at Bloomfield High School.
Bloomfield dominated both ends of the court and led wire to wire. The Bengals enjoyed a 9-point halftime lead, 23-14, and led by as many as 16 points in the second half.
Bengals Head Coach Michael Passero has been pleased with the effort displayed by the team this summer, especially happy with his underclassmen who will be jockeying for playing time this coming winter.
“We have a handful of young kids playing well,” Coach Passero told TAP. “They are starting to understand what it takes. A few sophomores like Seth Edwards, Ram Gotrasse and Uma Kalu, and junior Chino Anyanwu have all contributed.”
Losing four senior starters from the 2018-19 squad due to graduation, Passero looks to Vinny Torrisi and key bench players from this past season to lead the charge in 2019-20.
“Some of our more experienced players like Vernon Lee, Patrick Liggins and Khayne Tucker continue to improve,” said Passero.
There are 20 teams participating in the annual summer league that began June 10. High schools include 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.
“Our numbers have been great and collectively they have been committed to the process,” Passero added. “It’s not easy – we have played a lot of basketball since June 10th.”
With five weeks of regular play completed in the Summer League, the teams now battle in a championship tournament paired up by seed based in league record.
The Bengals play Millburn this Monday, July 22, 7 pm at Bloomfield High School. The winner advances to the quarterfinals on Wednesday, July 24 at 6 pm. The semifinals and finals take place Thursday, July 25.
In the 2018-19 season, the Bengals finished 12-13 overall and 5-7 in the SEC Liberty Division.