A 63-53 victory over Rutherford on Tuesday brought Madison hoops to round two of the NJSIAA boys basketball state tournament. 

Top-scorer Andy Christos was at it again, securing 22 points for the Dodgers, more than one-third of the team’s final score. 

Rutherford was a tough team to beat, according to Madison head coach Joe Reel, but the Bulldogs were no match for the Dodgers’ man-to-man defensive skills.

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"I'm just really proud of our guys,” Reel said. “We had a great three days of practice to prepare for this game and we executed on both ends. No one has checked out yet, everyone loves coming to practice and it's the reason we won."

Along with Christos, five other players put Dodger points on the board. Santi Quintero ended the game with 13, Jack Hanson scored 11, Ian Magnani, 10, Brendan Quinn, 5 and and AJ Gupta with 2. 

“We all trusted each other and had confidence that we were going to win throughout the game," Quintero said of Tuesday’s game, the first round of the North 2, Group 2 state tournament. 

Now 13-12 for the season, the boys face Newark Central (19-8) on the road Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for round two of the state tournament.

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