LIVINGSTON, NJ - There is an old saying: ”A win is a win.”  That is exactly the motto the Livingston Lancers lived by on Tuesday night when they battled Glen Ridge in boys varsity basketball.  The Lancers defeated Glen Ridge 49-42, battling back from an early first quarter deficit and difficult shooting night for Livingston.
“We had another poor shooting night,” senior captain Matt Fung said.  “In our loss Friday, we shot very poorly. Tonight was no different except for the end result.”
In addition to Livingston continuing their offensive slide, the backbone of the team, defense, has lost a step, as well.
The Lancers trailed early in the first as Glen Ridge got out ahead 7-0 and, led by Carl Castor, finished the first quarter leading 16-9.  Castor hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter.
From there on out Livingston did not lose another quarter.
Both teams picked up the defensive intensity in the second period.  Livingston also went on a 12-8 run, cutting Glen Ridge’s lead to three.
“Defensively, our last six quarters (Newark Academy) have not been where they have to be and where they were earlier in the season,” Livingston coach Dave Cohen said.
Livingston came out and forced Glen Ridge into more turnovers. Unfortunately, Livingston could not take advantage of Glen Ridge’s miscues.
Glen Ridge led 31-28 heading into the fourth and final quarter.
“Yet another fourth quarter deficit,” Marc Schofel said. “This is not where we want to be but we have been here this year and pulled out some games. I had a pretty good feeling about this one.”
Fortunately for Livingston, Schofel shot lights out in the fourth quarter.
The junior Livingston guard went on his own 9-0 run as he was 3-for-3 from 3-point range, energizing the Lancers and their crowd.
“Marc has been a clutch player for us all year,” Cohen continued.  “He is a guy who has the green light to shoot anytime and tonight he proved why.”
Schofel fueled Livingston to go on a 21-11 final run, outscoring Glen Ridge by 10.
Sam Abam led Livingston with ten points and four assists. Matt Fung also pitched in with nine points and five rebounds.
Glen Ridge's Carl Castor had ten first half points.  The Lancers were able to neutralize Castor with various defensive looks in the second half and he only scored one point  in that stanza to lead his team with 11.
“Tonight we should have came out more hungry because of Friday night,” Fung said.  “We knew we weren’t going to win 22 games this year but 21 sure sounds nice.”