HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights scored the first 16 points of the game, and never trailed, defeating Wallington, 64-40 on Friday night in Hasbrouck Heights in a NJIC Meadowlands contest.
But it was not as easy as it should have been for the Aviators, as Wallington closed to within three with five and a half minutes left in the first half before the Aviators put the game away with a 10-0 spurt late in the quarter.
Center Kunga Tsering had eight of his game high 25, and Jaden Castro had hit two of his three pointers in the Aviators opening game run before Wallington was able to get on the board. Wallington finally scored at the 3:23 mark of the first quarter, when Anthony Betkowski scored. But the Aviators increased their lead to 21-1 on a three from Will Koukoutsis and a basket from Matteo Ochoa.
Zaiheer Mitchell and Joseph Tabaka each hit three’s to cut into lead, but Castro hit his third three-pointer to give the Aviators a 24-8 lead after one period.
As well as the Aviators played in the first, things fell apart in the second, Mitchell and Tabaka led the Panthers back into the game, outscoring the Aviators 16-5 in the quarter, cutting the Aviators lead to 29-24.
It took an 8-0 run midway through the third quarter for Hasbrouck Heights to reestablish a comfort zone going up 46-35 at the end of the three quarters.
An 18-5 final period made the game look easier than it was most of the night for the Aviators, who moved to 2-0 in the league, and 4-1 overall, with the win.
Tsering led all scorers with 25, while Koukoutsis and Ochoa each added 10 for the Aviators. Mitchell had 17 for Wallington to lead the Panthers.
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