HACKENSACK, NJ--The 2019-'20 boys basketball season at Bloomfield High came to an end with a 60-44 loss to Hackensack in the opening round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 tournament on Tuesday, March 3 in Hackensack.
Bloomfield, which had entered the game as the 13th seed and winners of three of its last four games, ended its season with a 13-13 mark. Hackensack, the fourth seed, improved to 19-8.
The Bengals trailed, 17-8, after the first quarter and 32-19 at the half. Hackensack then outscored Bloomfield, 21-14, in the third quarter to extend to a 53-33 edge.
"It was a good run that we had in my four years," said senior guard Vinny Torrisi. "Unfortunately I couldn't make the last game because of a personal issue but I was in touch with the team before and after.
"I really enjoyed my time here and the team accomplished a lot. Its something I'll always remember."
Over the last four seasons, Bloomfield went 71-39, which includes a 24-6 mark and sectional championship in Torrisi's freshman year in 2016-'17.
In Torrisi's final game of his basketball career he made six 3-pointers in a 65-38 victory over Arts on Feb. 27 to set the all-time school record for career 3-pointers.
Torrisi finished with 133 3-pointers for his career, breaking the team record previously held by Jameel Patterson, who graduated in 2013 with 131 3's.
"It was a great moment and a great atmosphere on Senior Night and it means a lot to me," Torrisi. "I was able to play with a lot of players that got me the ball and helped me to get the record."
Torrisi finished the season averaging 8.3 points and 55 made 3-pointers.
Other catalysts for the Bengals this season included junior guard Vernon Lee (11.4 ppg.), sophomore guard Isaiah Cortes (8.0 ppg.), junior forward Andre Dean (6.4 ppg.), junior guard Khanye' Tucker (6.2 ppg.), sophomore forward Uma Kalu (5.2 ppg.) and senior guard Patrick Liggins (4.0 ppg.).
Bloomfield's best stretch this season came as it won its final five games of January to improve to 10-6. The final game in that string was a 46-45 victory at Nutley on Jan. 30. Kalu and Dean each scored a team-high nine points to pace Bloomfield in that win.
Torrisi was very enthusiastic about the future of Bloomfield basketball especially with Lee returning next season.
"Vernon has great talent and is a good leader," said Torrisi. "I really enjoyed playing with him and he's only going to get better. The sky's the limit for a player like him."
Torrisi will now turn his attention to baseball season as he's the starting shortstop for the Bengals, who will open its 2020 campaign on April 1 at Nutley at 4 p.m.
Bloomfield finished 20-9 last year, which included a trip to the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 sectional final. Torrisi, a four-year starter, will head to William Paterson next year to play baseball.
"We have five-to-six starters back and I'm really looking forward to the season starting," said Torrisi. "I think we can go even farther than last season.