PERTH AMBOY, NJ - After taking a 6-point lead in the fourth quarter the Perth Amboy Panthers were forced to foul the Bears. After EB converted on most of their free throws, the Bears were able to hold onto their lead and secure the win.
Early in the game East Brunswick was playing solid defense and forcing turnovers, which lead to easy baskets. The Bears jumped out to an early 10-2 lead. All 10 of the points came from Junior guard, Joe Sampson including two three pointers. After the first quarter, the Bears had a 13-8 lead over the Panthers.
In the second quarter the Bears were relying heavily on the three point shot. At first none of the shots were falling until back to back threes made by Bears Seniors, Ezra Levitt and Gil Wyman. A few possessions later Ezra Levitt hit another three making the score 27-17. Levitt had a huge night for the Bears, totaling 13 points. However the Panthers clawed their way back into the game. Entering halftime East Brunswick only possessed a three point lead over Perth Amboy.
To start off the third Joe Sampson hit a three pointer to give East Brunswick a 32-26 lead. Sampson finished with a team-high 21 points including 9 of the points coming from behind the three point line. Throughout the third quarter East Brunswick was able to maintain a lead including another big three pointer by Ezra Levitt to put the score to 36-44. Once again Perth Amboy made another late quarter run and entering the fourth quarter EB had a 44-41 lead.
During the fourth quarter the Bears only had a two point lead. East Brunswick Junior guard, Mitchell Pingoy hit a big jump shot, which started a 6-0 run to give EB a 54-46 lead. For the rest of the game Perth Amboy was forced to foul allowing East Brunswick to pad onto their lead. The Bears win on the road, 58-50.