METUCHEN, NJ - The East Brunswick Bears first basketball game of the season was against their rivals the St. Joes Falcons and the atmosphere was incredible. The stands were packed and the fans showed their excitement throughout the whole game. However, the low scoring second half for the Bears resulted in a 49-43 heartbreaking loss.
The Bears were up against a young and inexperienced Falcons team and it showed early in the game. The Bears played extremely well in the first especially Junior point guard, Jesse Perel who scored a quick five points. To go along with the great guard play, Senior center Dante Ralph played great on both offense and defense. Ralph had a tough task down low as he was going up some bigger opponents but he handled it well. The Bears ended the first quarter with a lead of 12-5.
In the second quarter it was full of turnovers and fouls for both teams. The pace of the game began to slow down but Junior, Brandon Rosenthal made a layup and got fouled to make the score 15-9. The first half ended with the Bears having the upperhand on the Falcons, with a score of 21-12.
East Brunswick had a bit of a scoring drought in the third quarter as the Bears scored their first points of the second half with four minutes remaining. After playing solid defense in the first quarter the Bears allowed the Falcons to go on a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to only one point. EB was forced to call a timeout with one minute remaining in the third quarter and right after the timeout Dante Ralph had a nice spin move and finished with a layup to make the score 28-25. At the end of the third quarter the Bears were only up 33-31.
The first play of the fourth quarter the Falcons scored a quick layup to tie the score and later made two free throws to take their first lead of the game. The Bears allowed another big run to open up the fourth quarter as St. Joes scored six straight points. Falcons Senior, Letrell West had a huge fourth quarter and hit some critical shots down the stretch. With three minutes to go the the Bears were down 41-33 and EB was able to pour in some late game points but it was too late for a comeback. The Bears fell in their season opener 49-43 to their rivals the St. Joes Falcons.