SKILLMAN, NJ – Coming off of a split in their doubleheader against crosstown rival Somerville, the Bridgewater-Raritan Panther boys and girls basketball teams participated in their second doubleheader in as many contests at Montgomery High School Friday.
This time, both opponents secured the sweep over the visiting Panthers.
Four days after the girls team (1-2) used a big second half to surge their way to a victory over Somerville, they carried that momentum toward a 13-point advantage early in the second quarter over Montgomery. However, led by Bria Johnson’s eight second-quarter points, the Cougars swung the momentum right back in their favor with a 22-5 run to close out the period, with half of these points coming as a result of making 11 out the 15 free throws they attempted.
The Panthers made five of their eight free throws in a period that saw both teams reach the double bonus in the second period and make numerous trips to the free throw line.
Trailing 26-22 at the break, Bridgewater-Raritan eventually clawed its way back in the 3rd period to take a one-point lead heading into the final eight minutes of regulation. In a back-and-forth final period, the Panthers tied the game at 37-37 with 2:05 to go on a made free throw by Maggie Ousouljoglou, but did not score again after that.
Montgomery held the Panthers to one field goal and two made free throws in the 4th quarter, and the Cougars made the most out of numerous more opportunities at the charity stripe. While Carolyn Prevost, who led all scorers with 14 points, made the Cougars’ only field goal in the 4th quarter, Montgomery made nine of their 13 free throws they attempted in the final period. Prevost made five of her six attempts at the line, while Andrea Katramados made three, and Katie Heidt made one more for Montgomery to close out a 43-37 victory over Bridgewater-Raritan.
Corinne Nickel led the Panthers with nine points, with Madison Bray and Danielle Orecchio each adding eight points for Bridgewater-Raritan in the loss.
In the tail end of the doubleheader, the Panther boys (0-3) hung with the Cougar boys for the most part, but one-possession margins in each period in favor of the home team eventually added up for Bridgewater-Raritan. Montgomery only led 9-6 after one period after another strong defensive effort out of the gate by the Panthers, but Cougars 6’ 8” center Chris Rubayo stole the show, scoring seven points alone on three field goals in the opening period. Rubayo, who led all scorers with 20 points, added three more field goals in the second period for Montgomery, including one from long range that hit nothing but net, as well as a pair of free throws to cap off of 16-point first half for the junior post.
Ryan Curry added eight of his 13 points for the Cougars in the 2nd quarter on a pair of shots from behind the arc and two made free throws, and Montgomery went into the locker room with a 28-19 lead over the Panthers.
Montgomery eventually stretched its lead to 46-29 with 1:36 to go in the 3rd quarter, as Cougars forward Noah Vlacich scored all 11 of his points during this period on four made field goals, including three from long range. Four Panthers scored on six made field goals out of the locker room in a high-scoring quarter overall, but four triples from the Cougars during the period as well ultimately ended up keeping the Panthers down by double digits.
The Panthers scored six straight of their 16 third-period points to close out the quarter on a bucket and one by Brandyn Vaughn followed by a late three by Joey Callari, who led the Panthers with 15 points off the bench.
Leading 46-35 to open the 4th quarter, the Cougars extended the lead to as many as 16 points throughout the majority of the final period to put the game out of reach for the Panthers. The Montgomery boys ultimately capped off the doubleheader sweep with a 57-43 victory over Bridgewater-Raritan.
Panthers forward Alec Whelan added 10 points for the visitors in the defeat.
Bridgewater-Raritan 37, Montgomery 43
Bridgewater-Raritan: Q1- 14; Q2- 8; Q3- 11; Q4- 4; TOTAL- 37
- Corinne Nickel - 9 points
- Madison Bray - 8 points
- Danielle Orecchio - 8 points
- Jackie Salvatore - 5 points
- Savannah Lopez - 3 points
- Lauren Sullivan - 3 points
- Maggie Ousouljoglou - 1 point
Montgomery: Q1- 4; Q2- 22; Q3- 6; Q4- 11; TOTAL- 43
- Carolyn Prevost - 14 points
- Bria Johnson - 10 points
- Andrea Katramados - 8 points
- Kristin Lacht - 5 points
- Erin Howard - 4 points
- Katie Heidt - 1 point
- Carey Smith - 1 point
Bridgewater-Raritan 43, Montgomery 57
Bridgewater-Raritan: Q1- 6; Q2- 13; Q3- 16; Q4- 8; TOTAL- 43
- Joey Callari - 15 points
- Alec Whelan - 10 points
- Alvin Cheng - 5 points
- Rishi Mudduluru - 4 points
- Sam Cohen - 3 points
- Zach Letts - 3 points
- Brandyn Vaughn - 3 points
Montgomery: Q1- 9; Q2- 19; Q3- 18; Q4- 11; TOTAL- 57
- Chris Rubayo - 20 points
- Ryan Curry - 13 points
- Noah Vlacich - 11 points
- Marco Lainez - 7 points
- Christian Rowan - 4 points
- Kye Lewis - 2 points
The boys (0-3) will return to Montgomery High School to round out their slate at the Cougar Classic 11 a.m. Dec. 28 against BCIT-Medford. The girls (1-2) will also return to Montgomery High School to take on Allentown (NJ) High School at 2 p.m. Dec. 30 to close out the calendar year.
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