EDISON, NJ - J.P. Stevens came close to sending their seniors out with a bang Tuesday night against the South Plainfield Tigers, when they appeared to have comeback from a huge 46-31 point deficit in the fourth quarter.

It was senior night for J.P. Stevens and they were looking to repeat their last performance against the Tigers, where they won 50-47.

The Hawks came into Tuesday night’s game flying high, after beating their cross-town rivals, the Eagles of Edison High School last Saturday afternoon.

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J.P. Stevens struggled in the early stages of the game, but they turned things around in 4th quarter as they threw everything they had at the Tigers and put up 21 points coming within 1 point of winning.

For the Hawks, Alex Corrigan and Mike Loinikis led the scoring with 17 points and for South Plainfield it was Lamont Williams who scored 19 points and Jordan Hankerson, who had 12 points.

“We would really like to thank the fans for all the support they have given us,” said Chris Garcia, J.P.  Stevens’s assistant coach after clinching a play-off berth. “Our players have been great, putting in hard work since last season ended.”

This game was not a must win for J.P. Stevens, because they already have clinched a berth in the state tournament., but with the loss the Hawks now fall to 9-11, which keeps them in 4th in the Greater Middlesex County White Division.

J.P. Stevens has just one scheduled game left, Thursday, February 19th, where the Hawks will be looking to build momentum going into the playoffs.

Ben Mandell is a junior J.P. Stevens High School participating in the journalism program with TAP into Edison.