OLD BRIDGE, NJ - With 12 seconds remaining the East Brunswick boys’ basketball team had an opportunity to tie or win the game. Unfortunately, the three point attempt was unsuccessful, and the Bears lost to the Old Bridge Knights in the second round of the NJSIAA Tournament, 38-36.
At the end of the first quarter, the East Brunswick Bears were leading, 12-8. EB was lead by center, Dante Ralph who totaled 12 points. Seniors, Ezra Levitt and Gil Wyman also added 8 points each.
In the second quarter Old Bridge took a 18-14 lead with just under five minutes remaining. The Knights were able to pull ahead largely because of sophomore, Julius Belton. Belton knocked down four three pointers in the first half. At the end of the second quarter the Bears trailed the Knights 23-16.
The Knights outscored the Bears 11-10 in the third quarter but Bears senior Gil Wyman had a big quarter. In an effort to trim the deficit Wyman tallied 8 points but the Knights managed to keep putting points on the board. Entering the fourth quarter the Bears were still losing, 34-26.
In the fourth quarter with just under 7 minutes remaining, the Bears went on a mini 4-0 run cutting the deficit to only 4 points. Bears junior Ryan Crocco hit a huge three pointer to only trail by 1 point. East Brunswick outscored Old Bridge 10-4 in the final quarter. The Bears were down 2 points with only 12 seconds left and their season was on the line. The Bears were able to attempt a three point shot but it did not fall resulting in a tough loss for the Bears. With this loss EB is eliminated from the NJSIAA Tournament and the Bears finish the season 14-13.