CHATHAM, NJ - When Andrew Bergman is healthy and able to get on the floor for extended minutes, the Chatham boys basketball team can be tough to beat.
The 6-3 senior, who has battled back and ankle problems this season, was feeling good enough to score 11 of his 17 points in the second half as Chatham built a lead and held on for a 67-65 win over Randolph on Saturday night.
"Andrew being healthy, we got him the ball and that's how we got the win," Chatham coach Todd Ervin said. "It makes a big difference when he's in there."
It also doesn't hurt when sophomore guard Cam Rooney goes off as he did in this one, scoring 15 of his game-high 23 points in the second half for Chatham (6-3). Rooney talks about the game in the video below.
Randolph (5-4) started the second half by scoring the first eight points to grab a 40-34 edge before Bergman and Rooney ignited the Cougar offense. Bergman scored with a turnaround shot in the lane and Rooney followed with a drive to the basket (see below) that he turned into a three-point play. Rooney then dropped in a 3-pointer and Bergman hit another basket.
Rooney started the fourth quarter by draining a 3-pointer from the left corner and, a few minutes later, Bergman scored off a feed inside from Luke Fekete.
Rooney's drive to the basket for the underhand scoop shot staked the Cougars to a 54-51 lead with 4:15 to go in the fourth quarter.
The pivotal play in the game may have been Bergman's basket off a pass from Jameson Shi with three minutes left that he turned into a three-point play and a 57-53 lead (see below).
Bergman also connected inside with 1:41 showing and then pulled down a defensive board that led to Rooney's one-and-one free throws that he sank with 1:17 left for a 61-53 lead. Rooney also hit both ends of a one-and-one with 49 seconds to go.
"We just need to do a better job of closing it out," Ervin said. "We had a nice lead there. They hit some shots, they banked a three, but we still needed to do a better job of taking care of the ball."
COUGAR NOTES: Guard Cam Rooney scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the second half for Chatham, including nine in the fourth quarter ... Chatham sank 22 of 28 free throws, led by Rooney who was 9 for 9 and both ends of three one-and- ones ... Randolph hit 18 of 25 foul shots ... Bergman scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half ... Jameson Shi drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half for Chatham ... Senior E.J. Leskauskas led Chatham in the first half with 11 of his 13 points ... Brian Earmes banked in a 3-pointer with 26 seconds to go and hit another with five seconds left to finish with 17 points for Randolph.