CRANFORD - Joe Carrea and Dennis DeMarino each scored a season-high 22 points to lead Cranford (6-5) past Rahway (10-2), 73-64, on Monday.
Cranford's victory avenges its 59-55 loss to Rahway back on opening night. Carrea did most of his damage from downtown, knocking down four 3-pointers, while DeMarino scored seven of his 22 points from the free throw line.
"I was hitting shots early, so if you're hot, you don't stop shooting," said Carrea. "Rahway got us earlier in the season, so all of us were hungry to come and get them. We made less mistakes than they did, and we got the win."
Cranford's biggest challenge was stopping Rahway's Amari Thompson, who went off for 29 points in the season-opener. The Cougars were successful in their mission in the first-half, limiting Thompson to just eight points, but he would add 21 more in the final half to again finish with 29.
"He's a good player. He's impressive and quick, so whenever he gets the ball, his mindset is to score," said Cranford head coach Sean Trotter. "I think he missed maybe two foul shots, so when a guy that's that quick can make his foul shots too, he's a tough guy to stop."
Cranford has now won three of its past four games with the wins coming against Rahway, New Providence, and Oratory Prep - three teams they lost to earlier in the season.
"I don't want to make excuses," said Carrea on their earlier season struggles. "Our first two weeks got cut off because of Coronavirus, so maybe our chemistry wasn't great early on. Since then, we've been trying to get it back, and we're slowly getting it back and finally playing as a real unit and playing as a team."
Along with his 22 points, Carrea grabbed eight rebounds and dished six assists. Arjun Petgrave recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Leo Wisnefski finished with eight points and seven rebounds. Lukas Ruby had five points, six rebounds, and four assists.
Cranford returns to the court Wednesday on the road against Summit at 7 p.m.