SOMERSET, NJ – It is officially basketball season in 2019-20 in the Garden State, and the Warriors opened up its new campaign at Franklin High School with a win over Hunterdon Central Friday night.
The 65-59 victory was especially sweet because the Warriors fell to Hunterdon Central three times last season.
"It is always a tough battle with them [Huterdon Central] last year they beat us three times," FHS Head Coach, Tony Mento said after the game. "It's kinda been one of those mountains we have wanted to overcome, their coach does a good job with them, they are a well-schooled, experienced team. For us, we are continuing to build and our defense kept us in it, it always does."
The Warriors started off hot with a 10-2 run in the first quarter and only trailed Hunterdon Central twice during the game. The Warriors left the first half with a 39-28 lead. Hunterdon Central tried to battle back outscoring the Warriors but fell short in the second half.
Anthony Milligan led the Warriors in scoring with a game-high 21-points. Milligan did most of his scoring from behind the arc, dropping five 3-point shots in the game. He also had a solid game on the defensive side of the ball registering 10 rebounds, one block, and a steal.
Tracey Brown was the Warriors second-leading scorer with 17-points, three of his goals were 3-pointers. Brown also closed the game out with a layup off a fast break to end the game. He also grabbed six rebounds.
Edward Turay put in a solid game with 12-points, five rebounds, and three blocked shots. Demi Alao chipped in with 9-points, five rebounds, and an assist. Joshua Kuroda-Grauer and Krish Mistry both scored 3 points. Kuroda-Grauer also had seven rebounds and Mistry had four.
The Warriors lost three key players from last year, but Mento says even though the team may be a little inexperienced, they have made strides this year on the offensive side of the ball.
"Last year we had trouble scoring the ball," Mento said. "The players put in a lot of work in the offseason to get better individually, and we can put the ball in the basket now, and that makes a big difference."
Last year the Warriors went to its first state tournament in over a decade and finished the season with a 15-10 record.
"With a strong team culture, the players have embraced selfless play, respect the challenge of competition, and enjoy taking advantage of each day on the court," Mento told TAPinto before the season started. "The Warriors value, understand and are committed to the type of relentlessness and passion that is necessary for a young team to progress throughout the season."
The Warriors will face Colonia at home Monday at 5 pm.
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