EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - After an extremely slow start for the Bears, EB was able to claw their way back into the game to beat the Old Bridge Knights. The East Brunswick Bears boys’ basketball team played a scrappy and hard fought game, resulting in a 51-38 victory.
Both the Bears and the Knights played very aggressively, but sometimes it was a bit too much so. In the fourth quarter, the Knights were called for multiple technical fouls allowing East Brunswick to convert easy free throws and extend their lead. Entering the final quarter, the Bears had a 35-25 lead, and they were easily able to increase their points with the free throws leading to 13-point win.
The Bears had a slow start as they were outscored 10-4. East Brunswick missed a lot of layups in the first quarter as well as letting up a lot of rebounds allowing for Old Bridge to get easy second chance points. East Brunswick slowly fought their way back into the game during the second quarter. EB cut the deficit to just two points after a three pointer from Senior Jesse Perel. A few minutes later, fellow Senior Mitchell Pingoy hit another three pointer to take a 20-19 lead. With seconds remaining in the first half Junior Travis Cumber finished with a tough layup to give the Bears a three point lead going into the second half.
The Bears held onto their lead for most of the third quarter and extended it to a nine point lead after a heavily-contested three pointer from Perel. At the end of the third quarter the Bears had a 10-point lead. In the fourth quarter, frustration started to kick in from the Old Bridge players and coaches. The technicals began to pour in and East Brunswick capitalized on the opportunity. After converting on several free throws, EB possessed a comfortable lead and held on for a huge win over the Knights.