HS Boys Basketball: Hasbrouck Heights Defeats North Arlington, 79-49, on Senior Night

Hasbrouck Heights seniors flanked by Head Coach Mike Cebulla and Vice Principal Vin Barchini before the game. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Hasbrouck Heights' Johnny Capozzi drives against North Arlington. The senior guard will help lead the Aviators into the NJSIAA State playoffs later in the month. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Senior Christian Alberto and his family. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Senior Scott Kletsche and his parents. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Senior Sal Xheraj and his family. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Senior Johnny Capozzi and his family. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Senior Matt Moretto and his parents. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Senior James Klenk and his family. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Christian Alberto drives to the basket in the second half against North Arlington. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
James Klenk brings the ball up court in the second half. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Matt Moretto with a lay up in the first half against North Arlington. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Sal Xheraj with a move to the basket late in the second half. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Scott Kletsche drives around the defender on the way to the basket. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Senior Aviators pose with retired Assistant Coach Tony Nardi after the game. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Some of the signs on Senior Night. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Handmade signs decorated the New Gym on Senior Night. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  Hasbrouck Heights cruised to a 79-49 victory over North Arlington Thursday night on Senior Night at Hasbrouck Heights.    

"I can't say enough about our senior class," said Hasbrouck Heights head coach Mike Cebulla .  "Every year they have come in, worked hard and done what they need to improve.  They are all great kids.  It has been a pleasure having them."

Cebulla started five of his six seniors, (Sal Xheraj, Johnny Capozzi, Scott Kletsche, Matt Moretto, and James Klenk) leaving junior starters Jasiah Purdie and Anthony Palmer on the bench at the start.  The first sub was the sixth senior, Christian Alberto. The theme of the night was not going to be interrupted, nor did it have to be, as the Aviators led, 17-15 at the end of the first, led by Xheraj's five. 

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The second quarter started with a 7-0 Heights, run, with Alberto, Moretto and Klenk scoring to give the Aviators a 24-15 lead.  North Arlington's Nick DeGrace answered with a three to cut the lead to six, which was as close as the Vikings would get the rest of the evening.  The Aviators outscored the Vikings 20-9 in the second, as the Aviators went into halftime up 37-24. 

The third quarter saw more of the same, as the Aviators pulled further away, outscoring the Vikings 17-9, for a convincing 54-33 lead after three.  The fourth quarter saw the seniors come off their rightful applause, as the Aviators outscored North Arlington 25-16, for the 79-49 victory.

"The crowd was great tonight,"  Cebulla said.  "It might have been the most enthusiastic they have been all year, which is a great thing on Senior Night."

Palmer had 14 to lead the Aviators, while Xheraj finished with a season-high 12. DeGrace had a game-high 33 for the Vikings


NORTH ARLINGTON            15    9      9   16     49

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS       17   20   17   25     79

North Arlington (0-17, 0-11)

Cortellino  0-0-0-0, Lynch 4-0-1-9,  Neno 2-0-1-5, Males 0-0-0-0, DeGrace 7-5-4-33, Full 0-0-0-0, Matta 1-0-0-2, Young 0-0-0-0, Rivers 0-0-0-0, Hurley 0-0-0-0, L. Hughes 0-0-0-0, O.Hughes 0-0-0-0.  Totals  14-5--6-4

Hasbrouck Heights (12-6, 10-3)

Klenk 2-2-0-10, Purdie 3-1-0-10, Palmer 3-2-2-14, Ketsche 1-0-0-2, Moretto 5-0-2-12, Capozzi 1-2-0-8, Tsering 1-0-2-4, Xheraj 2-2-2-12, Alberto 3-0-0-6, Beerman 0-0-0-0, Faussette 1-0-0-2, Shah 1-0-0-2, Sanchez 0-0-0-0.  Totals:  23-9-6-79

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