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Livingston Ends Magical Season; Loses to Paterson Eastside 52-37

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Livingston Ends Magical Season; Loss to Paterson Eastside 52-37
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LIVINGSTON, NJ - The last time Livingston made the state playoffs was 1995.  Prior to this season, Livingston had never hosted a home state playoff game.
 
Coach Dave Cohen and his Lancer squad made it possible for Livingston to achieve these goals during the 2010-2011 season.  Cohen knew he would have an experienced bunch that could collectively play the game.  However, it was the players who had to lead Livingston in the right direction, and they did just that.
 
Livingston finished the season 16-6, the best record in the school’s history.
 
“This truly was a sensational season,” Livingston head coach Dave Cohen said.  “This is a revived program and we’ll be here for years to come.”
 
Livingston lost in the second round of the NJSIAA North 1 Group 4 state tournament to the Paterson Eastside Ghosts 52-37 Wednesday night in Livingston at the Fitness and Wellness Center.
 
“It’s real tough,” Lancer senior captain Matt Fung said.  “This was my final game in a Livingston uniform and that idea is hard to grasp.”
 
Both teams came out relatively flat in the first few minutes of play.  However, in the final 4:30 of the first quarter, Paterson Eastside went on a 10-5 and led 13-11.
 
Paterson Eastside, once again, was led by guard David Burgos.  Burgos averages 16 points per game this season and finished with 14 points and five assists; six points came in the second quarter to give Paterson Eastside a four-point halftime lead, 22-18.
 
“We made mistakes in the first half,” Livingston senior forward Sam White said.  “There was confidence in the locker room that we would be able to make the necessary adjustments and win the game.”
 
Unfortunately for Livingston, the combination of Burgos and Carl Barrett were too much to handle for the Lancers to handle in the second half.  Barrett scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, seven came in the third quarter.
 
Barrett and the rest of his team went on a 15-10 run in the third quarter as Livingston’s 2-3 zone broke down at times.
 
“They moved the ball real well,” Fung said.  “They are a very good basketball team and when you have a point guard who can control the game (Burgos) then things will work out.”
 
There was little Livingston could do as they trailed by 11 points in the fourth quarter.
 
“There has not been one game where we haven’t fought till the buzzer sounded,” Fung said.  “Tonight was no different.”
 
Moving into the offseason, Dave Cohen knows he has to rebuild as he loses nine seniors on his 12-player roster.
 
“These nine guys have taken this program to another level. I can only hope the underclassmen follow in their footsteps and we work as hard as we ever have in the offseason,” Cohen concluded. 

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