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Hasbrouck Heights 8th Graders Capture Bergen Travel Boys Basketball Title

The Bergen Travel Basketball League champions pose with their trophies. Credits: Denise Faussette

As part of our launch during August, TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro, will look back at newsworthy events that happened earlier in 2017 that did not get coverage. 

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ  -  Avenging a 10-point loss just ten days earlier, the Hasbrouck Heights 8th Grade Boys Travel Basketball team defeated Bergenfield, 68-41, on March 19 in Tenafly to capture the Bergen Travel Basketball League National Guard Division Championship.  Kunga Tsering led the Aviators in scoring with 17 points, while Jaden Castro added 15.  Daniel Viola and Steven Faussette each chipped in 12 points in support.

The Aviators jumped out to an 8-0 lead, and never trailed in the game against the top-seeded Bergenfield team, which entered the championship game with a 17-1 record.  Heights had split a pair of regular season matchups with, losing by 10 in Bergenfield and winning a home game earlier in the season by four points.

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With a 30 point lead heading into the fourth quarter, head coach Rob Faussette rested his starters the rest of the game. 

“All I can say after coaching this group for the last five years, these boys just came to play in their final game as 8th graders, “said Faussette.   “Quite honestly, the coaches did not even need to be there.  The players were locked in.  It was a pleasure to watch it all come together.”

The Aviators advanced to the finals by defeating second seed Carlstadt, 53-38, in the semi-finals.  Faussette had 22 points, while Jaden Castro has 16 and Tsering added 13.   Carlstadt had defeated the Aviators in both of their regular season meetings.   

The Aviators roster:  Jaden Castro, Ryan Connolly, Nick Cuccio, Antonio Dasilva, Steven Faussette, Peter Garifalos, Brandon Govea, Adrian Mercado, Justin Mucci, Kunga Tsiering, Niko Tsiolis, Kunga Tsogyal, Daniel Viola

Head Coach:  Rob Faussette.   Assistants: Juan Castro, Will Govea and Adam Mucci.

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