SPARTA, NJ - Chatham guard Luke Fekete had to sit out of basketball practice early in the week after he was poked in the eye during a scrimmage and sustained a corneal abrasion.
Three days later, the senior certainly had his shooting eye back in good condition, scoring a career-high 22 points when Chatham opened its boys basketball season with a 78-49 victory over Pope John on Friday night.
Fekete had the hot hand from the start, dropping in three 3-pointers and netting 11 points in the first quarter when Chatham moved to a 24-11 lead. Fekete hit all six of the 3-pointers he attempted in the game.
"I could feel that the rims were warm before the game and I told my self if I catch it and I'm open, I'm going to shoot," Fekete said. "The ball was moving on offense and I was getting a lot of open looks. All of my 3-pointers came on shots from the wing. It was a good team win."
In the second quarter, Fekete hit two more 3-pointers and a basket to give him 19 points as the Cougars took a 45-27 lead into the break. Senior forward E.J. Leskauskas contributed seven of his 20 points in the second quarter for Chatham.
Senior forward Jack Arnuk hit for eight of his nine points in the third quarter and senior forward Andrew Bergman chipped in with six of his 12 points when Chatham pushed its advantage to 61-36 heading into the fourth quarter.