CRANFORD - After a 3-0 start to the season, the Cranford boys basketball program found themselves in the middle of a five-game losing streak and losers in six of their last seven. That losing skid has come to an end.

Joe Carrea scored a game-high 17 points along with four rebounds and three steals to lead Cranford past New Providence, 82-45, on Thursday night.

After winning last year's New Jersey Group 1 title with a record of 29-4, New Providence finds itself with a record of 1-9 this season and have lost their last eight games. 

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Dennis DeMarino added 13 points and four rebounds and Arjun Petgrave had 10 points, including an emphatic dunk in the third quarter, along with five rebounds for Cranford. Lukas Ruby fell just short of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. 

Cranford held just a two-point lead after the first quarter, but both their offense and defense got stronger as the game went on. The Cougars had their best offensive quarter in the second with 27 points. Their defense held New Providence to just 12 points in the second-half.

The Cougars (5-6) will look to get back to .500 this Saturday at 2 p.m. on the road against Voorhees.