MADISON, NJ - With the help of lights-out shooting from beyond the arch, the Chatham boys' basketball team dominated Madison High School, 64-44, on Thursday.
The Cougars hit eight of their first 10 shots from beyond the arch, including five 3-point baskets from Garrett MacAulliffe to put the game out of reach in the first half.
"It was ridiculous," Chatham head coach Todd Ervin said. "He's a good shooter, so he hit the open ones but the one at the end [of the first half] was crazy."
Chatham opened the game with back-to-back threes to open the game. After allowing four points from Madison's Sean Haughey, MacAulliffe nailed consecutive long balls from opposite corners of the floor to give Chatham a 12-4 lead.
Leading 14-10 midway through the second quarter, the Cougars ended the first half with four deep balls on their last five baskets, including a fade-away buzzer beating 3-pointer from MacAulliffe, to go up 15 at halftime.
In the third, Chatham continued their offensive pressure, extending a 5-0 halftime run to 14-0. Chatham's Scott Baker sunk a right-wing three right before Joe Timmes converted on an old-fashioned 3-point play, a layup plus a foul shot.
By the time Haughey ended the Cougar run with a right-wing three of his own,, the Dodgers found themselves trailing 39-18 with 2:41 to play in the third quarter.
"I think we kind of turned them over defensively and got easy looks out of it, which was the key," Ervin said. "If we get some easy baskets, it kind of helps us crank it up."
Chatham led by as many as 30 points in the fourth quarter, before Ervin rested his starters which led to some offensive opportunities for Madison.
In the fourth quarter, Dodger guard Christian Scarpello racked up 13 points to lead Madison in scoring.
Despite not scoring in the second half, MacAulliffe paced the game with 15 tallies, all from beyond the arch.
"I just came out shooting and it kept going down," MacAulliffe said.
Chatham will host Morris Hills on Saturday in the Morris County Tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Madison will host Morris Catholic on Friday at 4 p.m.