FLEMINGTON, NJ -- The Hunterdon Central boys basketball team closed strong to defeat Sparta, 57-47, in the semifinal round of the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament on its home court Saturday afternoon.

Matt Ciszkowski scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds and passed for three assists for the Red Devils (16-8), who outscored Sparta, 21-12, in the fourth quarter to extend a one-point lead after three quarters.

Brian Johansson finished with 13 points and six rebounds for Hunterdon Central, which had a 20-16 lead after one quarter and went into the half with a four-point lead. Charles Gillikin contributed 10 points to the victory.

Hunterdon Central will play Hackettstown for the HWS Tournament championship Friday night at Centenary University.