LIVINGSTON, N.J. - After a disappointing 48-33 season opening loss to West Orange, the Livingston boys' basketball team pummeled the East Orange Campus High Jaguars, 51-39, on Tuesday night.
Led by point guard Robby Lefkowitz, the Lancers jumped out to an early 7-2 lead in the first quarter, and would never trail in the game.
Following a low scoring first half, the Lancers led 17-9 at halftime, Livingston blew the game wide open in the third quarter.
Three-point daggers from Justin Tepper and Khalil Garnes to start the second half gave the Lancers a comfortable cushion and allow Lefkowitz to control the tempo of the game.
The senior point guard finished with 10 points, seven assists, four steals, and three rebounds.
Livingston head coach David Cohen was extremely impressed by the two-year varsity starter.
“He was outstanding,” Cohen said. “He played 32 hard minutes, had to absorb a lot of pressure and he handled it like a pro.”
The points and assists were career highs for Lefkowitz, who credited his offensive outburst to the amount of time and effort he made at perfecting his skills during the off-season.
“I worked hard during the break.” Lefkowitz said. “Made my shots but still have to improve on my free throw shooting."
One Lancer who doesn’t have to work on his free throw shooting is senior forward Joey Fischer. Fischer nailed six free throws and finished with 10 points, which along with Lekfowitz’s 10 led the team in scoring.
East Orange was led by guard Jahreal Cadegan who inspired a late fourth quarter surge, scoring 13 of his 15 points in the final minutes of play. However, it was too little, too late as Livingston’s lead was too much to overcome.
The only aspect of the game the Lancers’ didn’t dominate was rebounding. At times the Jaguars were able to have not just second or third, but fourth chance shots at the basket.
Although rebounding has been an issue in the first two games, Cohen is confident his team will be able to improve moving forward.
“Rebounding is an effort not a skill,” Cohen said. “When one player takes a play off usually the opposing man will get the rebound. It’s just something we are going to have to be more consistent with.”
The Lancers will look to get above .500 with a win against Morris Knolls on Friday at 7 p.m.