LIVINGSTON, NJ - A strong effort in the middle quarters boosted West Essex to a 58-53 boys basketball victory over Livingston Tuesday night.

West Essex (12-12) evened its record with the victory, outscoring the Lancers, 31-24, in the second and third quarters to take a 47-40 lead into the final period.

Zac Balz led the Knights with 17 points. Brett Reo dropped 14 for West Essex. Max Belizzone of Livingston (5-13) led all scorers with 21 points. West Essex had defeated Livingston, 82-58, in an earlier meeting nearly six weeks ago.