EDISON, NJ - After holding the J.P. Stevens Hawks to only 11 points in the second half, the Bears secured their first win of the season with a score of 39-26.
The Bears got out to a quick lead as the offense was looking solid. Bears center, Dante Ralph had a monster game as he dominated on offense and defense. Ralph finished with a multitude of rebounds, blocks and contributed a team-high 13 points, with 6 of those points coming in the first quarter. For the most part of the first quarter it was a back and forth game. The quarter ended and the Bears had the slight edge over the Hawks with a score of 13-11.
The second quarter was low scoring for both teams as the Hawks and Bears only combined for 12 points. Both teams were trading possessions and taking shots but none of them seemed to fall. J.P. Stevens biggest threat of the night was Junior guard, Tyrese Conover had half of his team’s second quarter points. Conover finished the game with a team-high 10 points. The Bears still secured the lead at halftime with a score of 21-15.
J.P. Stevens looked strong in the beginning of the third quarter with four quick points to cut the lead to only two. But Bears guard Joe Sampson had the hot hand as he knocked down a three pointer and then on the next possession he put in another bucket. Sampson had a great night making two three pointers and finishing with 10 points. To close out the quarter Bears Senior Gil Wyman grabbed a rebound with a little under 3 seconds and hit a clutch layup to beat the buzzer. EB went into the fourth quarter with a 12 point lead over J.P. Stevens.
The fourth quarter was full of great defense by the Bears especially by their rim protector Dante Ralph. The Hawks only managed to put up six points against the Bears defense and they did not have many shots because of the East Brunswick’s time of possession in the fourth quarter. The Bears had a comfortable lead, which allowed for them to hold onto the ball and not force any unnecessary shots. East Brunswick was able to pass around the ball and kill as much time as they could. After running down the clock, the Bears were able to walk away with the win against the Hawks, 39-26.