EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - A late game three-pointer by guard Joe Sampson helped send the East Brunswick boys basketball team to a 56-45 victory over Monroe on Saturday.
Point guard Jesse Perel helped the Bears create turnovers leading to extra offensive possessions. Bears senior Gil Wyman hit a pair of threes and East Brunswick had a 15-7 lead after the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, the Falcons began to heat up on offense. Monroe tied up the game, 16-16. At the end of the first half the Bears had a 27-26 lead as a result of a huge second quarter for Joe Sampson, who scored of his 16 points in the quarter, including a pair of three-pointers.
In the first few minutes of the third quarter Gil Wyman knocked down two more three pointers to bring his game total to 12 points, all coming from behind the arc. The Bears possessed 37-34 with two minutes remaining after a layup by Dante Ralph. With time ticking down Joe Sampson missed a last second shot but it was put back in by Bears Junior, Ryan Crocco to give EB a 39-34 lead.
To start off the fourth quarter Ryan Crocco had another huge rebound and layup to cap off a solid 5 point performance off the bench. With a little under six minutes left, Dante Ralph had a monstrous block leading to an easy layup. Ralph had a tremendous second half scoring 9 of his 16 points and playing great defense. The Bears were able to fight off second quarter comeback and beat the Falcons 56-45.