BLOOMFIELD, NJ--The Bloomfield High boys basketball team made the most out of hosting its own holiday week tournament last week.
The Bengals posted victories over People's Prep of Newark and Bayonne to capture the Bloomfield Tournament championship.
"It was really good for us to host the boys and girls tournaments this season," said Bloomfield head coach Mike Passero. "We had some nice turnouts by the community and it was nice for us to be able to win."
Bloomfield started the tournament with a dominant 87-35 first round decision over People's Prep on Friday, Dec. 27
The Bengals were led by Vernon Lee (19 points, five rebounds, three steals, two assists), Vinny Torrisi (14 points, four rebounds, two steals), Andre Dean (11 points, eight rebounds, three steals), Chino Anyanwu (10 points, six rebounds) and Khanye' Tucker (six points, seven assists, seven steals, three rebounds).
The next night saw Bloomfield build a 20-point lead against Bayonne through three quarters before recording a 48-38 victory to claim the championship.
Isaiah Cortes had a game-high 16 points while Lee added 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. Uma Kalu and Patrick Liggins each added six points with Andre Dean bringing down six rebounds.
Lee, a junior, was named the tournament's MVP.
"We're a young team with only Lee and Torrisi being starters that have varsity experience," said Passero. "So its good to see everyone contributing."
Bloomfield began the season by splitting its first two games - a 54-50 loss to Barringer on Dec. 19 and a 37-21 victory over Science Park on Dec. 21.
"We had a tough loss to start as we got down, 11-0, to Barringer early but we showed good resiliency in bouncing back in the next game," said Passero.
The Bengals (3-2) closed out the 2019 portion of its season on Monday, Dec. 30 with a 62-49 loss to Memorial. Cortes had a game-high 20 points in the defeat.
Bloomfield will be off until Saturday, Jan. 4 when it plays host to Bergen Tech at 1 p.m.
"We don't play until Saturday so its good to get games under our belt," said Passero. "It was a tough defeat but there's no substitution for experience."
Bloomfield Girls Basketball
The Lady Bengals also hosted the Bloomfield Tournament and reached the championship game where they bowed to Mountain Lakes, 25-9, on Dec. 28.
Bloomfield (1-2) won its first game of the season one night earlier when it defeated People's Prep, 36-15, on Dec. 27.
Aliyah Sanchez led the way with a 14-point, 12-rebound effort. Casey Dolan added six points and five rebounds while Natalie Lloyd had dour points and 12 rebounds.
Other contributors included Gina Christine Perrotta (two points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals), Mia Lopez (three points, five rebounds), Lucy Heyman (two points, four rebounds), Stella Schmidt (three points, two steals) and Hannah Gulley (two points, four rebounds).
The Lady Bengals (1-2) will next be in action on Saturday, Jan. 4 when they play host to Wets Orange at 11:30 a.m.