GLADSTONE, NJ – It was Senior Night at Gill St. Bernard’s High School, and six Knights players representing the Class of 2020 were recognized before their game against Bridgewater-Raritan Jan. 30.
Five of these six seniors started for the Knights, and all six of them got on the scoreboard as Gill St. Bernard’s rolled past Bridgewater-Raritan (4-13) with a 68-33 victory to cap off a regular-season sweep of the Panthers.
This started with Will Soucie, who opened the game’s scoring just under two minutes into the contest and finished with 14 points on the night. Fellow seniors Evan Portnoi and Nicholas Policano then got on the board with a bucket each for Gill St. Bernard’s. A few baskets by Bridgewater-Raritan in between tied the game at 6-6 prior to a timeout with 4:05 left in the 1st quarter.
At this point, the three other players who started for Gill St. Bernard’s in their previous meeting at Bridgewater-Raritan, a 96-50 victory for the Knights, made their way onto the floor.
Joining Soucie and fellow senior Zach Martini were sophomore Denver Anglin, freshman Issac Hester-Toku, and freshman Mack Obwako, who all combined for 81 of the Knights’ 86 points in their previous meeting at Bridgewater-Raritan. In the rematch, a triple by Martini out of the timeout resulted in the Knights’ fourth senior with points on the night, while a quick layup by Anglin gave Gill St. Bernard’s the lead for good with 3:06 left in the opening quarter.
A tough hook shot by Bridgewater-Raritan’s Joey Callari, who led the Panthers with eight points, briefly made it a one-score game before a three-pointer by Soucie gave Gill St. Bernard’s a 14-8 lead with 2:45 to go in the 1st quarter. This began a 13-2 burst by the Knights to end the period, which included five straight points in the final 4.5 seconds of the quarter by Hester-Toku capped off by a made shot from beyond half court as time expired.
With Gill St. Bernard’s up 24-10 at the end of the 1st quarter, the Knights held the Panthers to four field goals in a 2nd quarter that ended with another buzzer-beating triple for the home team. This time, it was Anglin who connected from long range at the horn, which gave Gill St. Bernard’s a 42-18 lead over Bridgewater-Raritan at the break.
Martini scored the first six points of the 3rd quarter for the Knights on the way to an eight-point period and a game-high 16 total points. The Panthers were held scoreless to start the second half until Callari’s final bucket of the night with 2:35 remaining in the period. These two points were the only points of the 3rd quarter for Bridgewater-Raritan, as Gill St. Bernard’s closed out the quarter with a 56-20 advantage over the Panthers.
Gill St. Bernard’s emptied its bench leading 61-20 with 5:33 to go, and both of its remaining seniors got on the board in the final period from there. A pair of three-pointers for Knights senior Drew Kramer in the closing minutes along with a split pair of free throws for Mathew Yoss not only finished out the scoring for the Knights; it resulted in points for all Gill St. Bernard’s senior players on their Senior Night. The Knights ultimately won the contest by a final score of 68-33, with 41 total points coming from their senior players.
In both of their regular-season meetings against Bridgewater-Raritan, Gill St. Bernard’s outscored the Panthers by a combined margin of 164-83.
Bridgewater-Raritan 33, Gill St. Bernard’s 68
Gill St. Bernard’s: Q1- 24; Q2- 18; Q3- 14; Q4- 12; TOTAL- 68
- Zach Martini - 16 points
- Will Soucie - 14 points
- Mack Obwako - 9 points
- Denver Anglin - 8 points
- Issac Hester-Toku - 8 points
- Drew Kramer - 6 points
- Nicholas Policano - 2 points
- Evan Portnoi - 2 points
- Thomas Stinson - 2 points
- Mathew Yoss - 1 point
Bridgewater-Raritan: Q1- 10; Q2- 8; Q3- 2; Q4- 13; TOTAL- 33
- Joey Callari - 8 points
- Arya Trivedi - 4 points
- Brandyn Vaughn - 4 points
- Alec Whelan - 4 points
- Garrett Naylor - 3 points
- Alvin Cheng - 2 points
- Sam Cohen - 2 points
- Zach Letts - 2 points
- Rishi Mudduluru - 2 points
- Mickey Wasko - 2 points
Bridgewater-Raritan (4-13) will travel to Dickinson High School in West New York, NJ Feb. 1. The Panthers will take on Memorial in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic with tip taking place at 2 p.m.
They will return to their home court Feb. 4 against Hunterdon Central (7 p.m. on this date) to begin a stretch of four home games in their final six regular-season contests of 2019-2020.
For detailed Bridgewater-Raritan Panthers Athletics schedules and game locations, please see https://bridgewaterraritanhighschool.bigteams.com/.
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