LIVINGSTON, NJ — On Tuesday, Newark Academy boys basketball beat Weequahic in a SEC Independence match-up, 66-53.

After the first quarter, the game was knotted up 16-16; but Newark Academy picked up the pace in the second quarter, and took a nine-point lead into the second half. Newark Academy never looked back, beating Weequahic, 66-53.

For the Minutemen, Captain Nick Martino scored 15 points, and Gebereal Baitey scored 26. Sam Wood’s great defensive play made the difference in the game.

Weequahic had four players in double figures. Terrelle Wise led the team with 15 points, Joshua Taylor scored 12, and Jahid Alexander and Nasir Solomon both scored 11.

Following the game, Newark Academy’s captain, Nick Martino said, “Sam Wood’s shot blocking ability was the difference in the game.”

The Minutemen‘s other captain, Gebereal Baitey added, “Sam Wood had five blocks and a tough dunk, which helped us intimidate them and win the game.”

Newark Academy is now 10-4 in the season and second in the conference.

The Minutemen next play away at West Essex on Tuesday, at 4:00 p.m, while Weequahic plays Newark Arts on Feb. 10, at 4:00 p.m.

Zach Lathrop of Essex Fells is a junior at Newark Academy participating in a journalism program with TAP into Livingston.