EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The East Brunswick boys basketball team opened its season Friday night with a hard-fought 50-47 loss to St. Joseph of Metuchen.

Ricardo Gomez scored 12 points for the Bears, who were tied with the Falcons, 21-21, at halftime and led, 34-32, after three quarters.

Jackson Bayuk scored eight points and Devin Kennedy finished with seven points for East Brunswick. K-Shawn Shulters led St. Joe's with 15 points.