GLEN RIDGE, NJ--The Glen Ridge High boys' basketball team improved its season record to 2-2 with a win at the Bloomfield High Holiday Tournament while the Ridger girls hoops squad gained its first win of the 2019-2020 season at the same tourney.
The boys will be back in action on Jan. 3, when it travels to Belleville for a 7 p.m. game while the girls are home to Newark Academy, also on Jan. 3, at 4 p.m. On Jan 4, the boys are home to play Kinnelon, at 1 p.m. and the girls play at Newark Central, in a 1 p.m. start.
The GRHS boys had opened its season on Dec. 19, with a hard-fought 53-44 over Brearley, at home.
"It was a good test for us," said Glen Ridge coach Liam Carr. "We knew it would be a physical game and it was nice to see us hit some shots and get our offense going in the second half."
Junior captain Sam Trunley guided the Ridgers in the first half, scoring 16 of his team's 20 points, as Glen Ridge held a 20-18 lead at halftime.
Glen Ridge opened a 12-point lead through three quarters, thanks to a 17-7 run, but Brearley rallied back to close within two points, before the Ridgers pulled away to win.
Trunley finished with 20 points, Joe DeLuca scored 10, Carter Koenig had eight, Ryan O'Neil and Bryan Moussako scored five each, Michael Cielli had four and Aiden Connaghan finished with one point.
The following day, the Ridgers lost to Montclair Kimberley, 41-35. The Ridgers led after three quarters, but were outscored, 14-4, in the final eight minutes. DeLuca led Glen Ridge, with eight points.
At the Bloomfield Tournament, the Ridgers lost to Bayonne, 61-40, as an 18-4 run by the Bees in the third quarter broke the contest open. Trunley's 13 points led the way for the Ridgers while Moussako scored eight.
The following day, Glen Ridge defeated People's Prep, 63-35, as Trunley scored 22, Cifelli tallied 15 and Koenig had 12 points.
The GRHS girls gained their first win, defeating People's Prep, 46-26, on Dec. 28, at Bloomfield High. The Ridgers were led by Amayah Melbourne's 13 points and 12 points from Michaila Dowd.
The Ridgers lost its season opener to Columbia, 25-16, on Dec. 19 and were defeated in the first round of the tournament, by Mountain Lakes, 36-25.
Glen Ridge head coach Joe Mazzarella is confident his team will become stronger on the offensive end, as the new year begins.
"We're still finding ourselves on the offensive side of the ball," said Mazzarella. "We're playing good defense, and I think we'll get more comfortable all around as the season progresses."