CHATHAM, NJ - A strong second half always makes a team look good and that's exactly what the Chatham boys basketball team got out of the final two quarters of its Morris County Tournament preliminary-round game against Morris Catholic on Friday night.
Cam Rooney, Andrew Bergman and Luke Fekete combined to score 51 points for the No. 8-seeded Cougars, who expanded a one-point lead after the break in their 62-45 win over the Crusaders.
"Third and fourth quarter we played well. First and second we didn't play that well," Chatham coach Todd Ervin said. "(In the third) we didn't turn the ball over and we ended up getting shots. We played good defense in the third quarter. I think they only had five points and a couple were at the foul line."
Chatham (10-6) led Morris Catholic (2-13), 26-25 at the half, but erased any memories of its mediocre play with a 16-5 third-quarter run that featured eight points by Rooney, six points from Bergman, and a basket an assist by Fekete.
Bergman, Rooney and Fekete talk about the win
Rooney, who led all scorers with 18 points, said there was a sense of urgency at halftime. Rooney ignited an 11-0 run in the period by nailing a 3-pointer and then driving the lane to bank in a shot (see the videos below).
Fekete continued the run by cutting off an E.J. Leskauskas screen to hit a jumper (see video below) and Bergman hit two free throws before capping the streak with a basket off a feed from Fekete (see below) to make it a 39-28 advantage for Chatham.
Rooney's 3-pointer at the buzzer (see below) capped the third quarter for Chatham and pushed the Cougars' lead to 42-30.
Fekete, who ended with 16 points, opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and Bergman (17 points) sank two free throws for a 47-30 lead with 6:44 to go.
COUGAR NOTES: Chatham hit 17 of 20 free throws in the game, paced by Bergman, who hit 7 of 8 from the line and Fekete's 6-for-7 shooting ... Tim Fasehun led Morris Catholic with 13 points, 11 of them from the line where he was 11-for-12. The Crusaders made 14 of 15 free throws in the game.