EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights jumped out to a 14-5 lead after the first quarter and never looked back as they defeated Becton Regional, 75-66, in the NJIC Meadowlands season opener for both teams.
“We played good defense in the first quarter,” said Hasbrouck Heights head coach Mike Cebula. “It got us out to the early lead, and we kept it, the rest of the way.”
Cebula, however, was not entirely happy with his team’s performance.
“We need to play better defense without fouling,” Cebula said. “And we have to take advantage and make some foul shots. We would have had 90 tonight if we made our foul shots. We will tighten that up. It's only the first game."
Hasbrouck Heights was 21-of-34 from the line, while Becton was 11-18. The game was plagued with fouls on both sides, as Becton had two players foul out en route to picking up 25 fouls. Matteo Ochoa fouled out for Hasbrouck Heights, who had 18 fouls called on them during the game.
The Aviators led at the half 32-21, led by junior point guard Steven Faussette, with eight points
Junior forward Jaden Castro was the leading scored for Hasbrouck Heights, scoring 20 points, making four three-pointers along the way. Junior center Kunga Tsering had 19 while senior wing Will Koukoutsis and Faussette both chipped in 14.
Al Benameur was Becton’s leading scorer with 22.
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