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.
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