LIVINGSTON, NJ — The North 13th Street Tech Cougars defeated the Livingston High School boys basketball team on Jan. 4, bringing the Lancers’ record to 1-3 going into 2016. Despite the slow start, Livingston players have high hopes for the rest of the season.

North 13th Street Tech led the game 34-28 at the end of the first half and ultimately defeated the Lancers with a final score of 61-58.

During the game, played in Newark, Livingston Lancer Harris Cohen led Livingston’s scorers with 35 points, making three of the team’s four 3-pointers throughout the game. Livingston’s Gabriel Stolar, Jack Wasserman, Max Bellizone and Benjamin Stark also contributed to the Lancers’ total, scoring 10, six, four and three points, respectively.

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“There’s a deep talent on the team and we’re really excited to be working with a really great new coach, David Mead,” said Wasserman, an LHS senior. “While we have lost a few early games, we’re optimistic that we can succeed and continue to play well for the rest of the season.”

The Cougars’ Rajaan Dixon led North 13th Street Tech’s scorers with a total of 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists. He ultimately scored the game-winning free throws to extend the Cougars’ lead in the final seconds of the game.

North 13th Street Tech’s Nigel Marshall had a total of 15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. North 13th Street Tech also had notable performances by Bernal Litus, Timothy Heyward and Melvin Louis. The winning team had a total of five three-pointers, six successful free throws, 28 rebounds, 17 assists and six steals.

Livingston experienced its only victory of the season against Golda Och Academy on Dec. 30 at Pequannock. In the consolation round of the Blue and Gold Tournament, Livingston’s Gabriel Stolar led the team’s scorers for a 54-35 over Golda Och. 

Bellizone added 12 points to Stolar’s 15, along with multiple shots once again from Cohen, Stark, Wasserman. Isaiah Antoine, Zachary Dorflaufer, Grant Minsky, Ejiro Okopie, Justin Scherr and Matthew Walker also contributed points to Livingston’s victory.

Max Bruch led Golda Och with 13 points, followed closely by Noah Susskind and Elijah Taitel with seven points each. 

Livingston lost to Mountain Lakes and Summit in its first two games in December. Next up, the Livingston Lancers will take on Shabazz at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, on Shabazz's home court.