EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 10-point deficit entering the fourth quarter was too much for the East Brunswick boys basketball team to overcome in a 54-42 loss to St. Joseph's of Metuchen Tuesday night.
Right from the beginning of the game, it was clear that the Bears wanted to feed their center, Dante Ralph, whon scored six of his 19 points in the first quarter. Both teams were trading leads back and forth, but St. Joe's led, 12-10, at the end of one quarter.
With five minutes remaining in the second quarter, Bears guard Joe Sampson made a layup to take the lead. On the next possession Dante Ralph grabbed a board and put it right back in to extend the lead. A few minutes later in the quarter, Bears guard, Jesse Perel hit a three-pointer to go up 19-15. Perel played great defense and finished with five points. On the next possession, Perel had a nice pass to Brandon Rosenthal, who hit another three-pointer to extend East Brunswick's lead to 22-17. The Bears went into halftime leading the Falcons, 22-21.
The beginning of the third quarter was extremely close but a big run by St. Joe's with a little under 2 minutes was the difference in the game. The Falcons went on a 8-0 run to close out the third quarter. The Bears were losing 39-29 heading into the final quarter.
The Bears were in a tough position to start the fourth quarter as they were losing by double digits. The Bears continued to put points on the board but it was tough to cut into the lead they needed to send the St. Joe's players to the free throw line. The Falcons outscored the Bears 15-13 in the fourth quarter, with 11 of their points coming from free throws. In a hard fought game by both teams East Brunswick lost to their rivals, St. Joe’s 54-42.