HS Basketball: Rutherford Edges Hasbrouck Heights, 47-44

Hasbrouck Heights Anthony Palmer had 15 points in the game against Rutherford. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Christian Alberto defends the guard in the second half against Rutherford. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Freshman center Kunga Tsering defends against Rutherford in the first half. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Hasbrouck Heights Matthew Moretto tries to save the ball. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis

LYNDHURST, NJ - Despite 15 points from Anthony Palmer, Hasbrouck Heights dropped its second consecutive game, 47-44 to Rutherford in the Bruce Bartlett Holiday Tournament.  The Aviators went 1-2 in the tournament, beating Waldwick in the opener before losing to Fair Lawn on Wednesday.

It was a see-saw affair, which saw the Bulldogs jump out to 12-8 lead at the end of one quarter, before Heights roared back with a 12-4 second quarter, keyed by a pair of Matt Moretto three-pointers, for a 20-16 halftime lead.  Jasiah Purdie was the Aviators leading scorer in the first half, with seven points.

The Bulldogs, behind juniors Breylyn Jones and Johnny Mendez came roaring back in the third to take a 35-31 lead at the end of three quarters.  

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Palmer opened the scoring in the fourth quarter for Heights, dropping a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 35-33.  Jordan Borroughs answered the score, spreading the lead back to four.  After two more foul shots by Palmer, the Bulldogs scored six straight points, including four by Nick Nunziata to open up an eight point lead, 43-35, with 4:57 remaining in the game.

Palmer, who had 11 of his game-high 15 in the fourth quarter, nailed a three to cut lead to five.  Jones re-stretched the lead to seven for Rutherford, which was answered by another three from Palmer to cut the lead to four.   After a defensive stop Palmer missed two foul shots with 2:50 left.  

Burroughs scored Rutherford’s final points opening the lead up to 47-41.

Capozzi cut the lead to four, making two foul shots with 2:26 remaining.   Following a miss from the foul line from Rutherford, Palmer went one of two from the line with 29.2 seconds remaining, to cut the lead to three.  

Purdie was called for an intentional foul, with 20.2 second remaining, which gave Rutherford two shots, which were both missed and the ball.  

NOTES:  Purdie was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Hasbrouck Heights        8    12    11    13    44

Rutherford                   12      4    19    12    47


Hasbrouck Heights (44)  

Klenk 0-0-1-1, Purdie 2-1-0-7, Palmer 2-2-7-15, Moretto 2-3-0-13, Capozzo 0-0-2-2, Tsering 2-0-0-4, Xheraj 0-0-0-0, Alberto 0-0-0-0.  Totals  8-6-10-44.


Rutherford (48)

Burroughs 6-0-1-13, Mendez 2-1-0-7, Marques 0-0-0-0, Nunziata 3-2-1-13, DeBari 2-1-2-7, Jones 2-1-0-7, Avramidis 1-0-0-2. Totals  16-5-2-47.


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