WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Anthony Betkowski scored with 19.3 seconds left to lift Wallington to a 58-57 win over Wood-Ridge in a NJIC Meadowlands boys basketball game Thursday night in Wood-Ridge. Betkowski was fouled on the play, but could not capitalize on the three point play, but the Panthers escaped as Wood-Ridge could not score on their last possession shot attempt.
Wood-Ridge struggled offensively all evening, and was carried in the final quarter by junior Stephen Crandall, who scored 13 of the Blue Devils 15 points in the quarter, including nine on a trio of three-pointers within a one-minute span, starting with 3:54 remaining in the game.
Joseph Tabaka had 20 points to lead Wallington, including a pair of three pointers in the fourth book ending Crandall's run to keep Wallington in front.
After Crandall's third three-pointer gave Wood-Ridge a 55-53 lead with 2:54 remaining, Tabaka drained a three to reclaim the lead for Wallington with 2.07 remaining in the game. Crandall scored from inside the lane with 41 second remaining to give Wood-Ridge a 57-56 lead, setting up Tabaka's heroics.
Crandall had 19 to lead Wood-Ridge, while Liam Winslow added 15.
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