CALDWELL, NJ – On Wednesday, Caldwell Boys Basketball took the Essex County Tournament First Preliminary Round in an away game against Newark Academy, 55-52.

Though Caldwell was behind 17-13 after the first quarter and behind again by five points in the second, the team managed to pull ahead by four points at the close of the third quarter, ultimately winning, 55-52.

Caldwell’s Brian Zales and Hunter Smith scored 14 points apiece, while Austin Scott had 12.

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Gebereal Baitey was the leading scorer for Newark Academy with 18 points. Nick Martino scored 12.

Caldwell next plays at Weequaic on Friday, at 4:00 p.m, while Newark Academy plays at home against Weequaic on Feb. 3, at 4:00 p.m.