LIVINGSTON, NJ – Livingston’s boys varsity basketball team stunned Newark Academy in a big opening night comeback winner, 57-50, on Friday at the Livingston High School (LHS) gym.

The team was led by strong play from both center Omari Beaubien and guard Harris Cohen, who made key baskets and got to the line consistently throughout the game.

Livingston started off slow with Newark Academy taking a 11-0 lead early on but the team then got on a streak with Mark Silvestri finally getting points on the board for Livingston with two minutes left, bringing the first quarter to a close with a score of 10-14 with Newark Academy leading.

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“I was impressed by the way the boys competed today,” said Athletic Director Patrick Genova. “They played and were coached well throughout the game. It was great to see the boys pull a win after starting slow and going down by 11 points.”

Livingston dominated the second quarter with multiple points in the paint through Omari Beaubien, and three pointers from Harris Cohen and Max Bellizone including a buzzer beater three pointer by Cohen to bring the half to a close 28-23 with Livingston leading.

The third quarter was even for both teams, as neither could stop the other, which kept the score at a steady lead for Livingston 48-36.

Livingston also dominated the fourth quarter, which drew multiple fouls leading to one and one situations throughout the quarter for easy points. Livingston’s defense also played strong with an organized zone that trapped players and led to turnovers including two big blocks by Beaubien. With Livingston being in possession the most, the team was able to stall for the last two minutes to pull a big win with a final score of 57-50.

“At first they were beating us on the boards and beating us on the defensive side but we came back in the second half and fought hard, leading to a great opening win to the season,” Junior Simon Yakum stated about the team’s hard work and determination.

Livingston plays next on Jan. 3, at home against James Caldwell High School.