BORDENTOWN, NJ - The Spotswood High School boys varsity basketball team was primed to make a deep run into the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group Two Tournament. And why not? The eighth seeded Chargers held a 22-5 overall record going into yesterday's quarterfinal game against top seeded Bordentown. However, the Scotties came up big when it counted and stopped Spotswood's hopes for a possible title, 69-51.
Bordentown hit the floor running, taking a quick 17-7 first quarter lead. Spotswood didn't back down though, outscoring the Scotties, 16-11, in the second quarter to cut Bordentown's lead to five at the half. The third quarter opened with both teams trading baskets though the game slowly began to inch out of reach for the Chargers as Manny Ansong netted ten of his 16 points at a critical juncture.
Spotswood was down by ten at the beginning of the fourth quarter when senior standout, Marlon Hart, fouled out 24 seconds in. Hart put 12 points on the scoreboard for the Chargers, however, losing the senior in the pivotal last quarter was a blow.
Eric Dadika, whose 40 points derailed Delran in the first round, scored 17 for Spotswood. Junior Andrew Fuzesi scored 11, including three three-point shots. JT Vento added six while Justin Dekovics chipped in three and Vinnie Guardiola earned two.
Myron Gordon netted 22 for Bordentown, who will move on to face fifth seeded Willingboro on Saturday. Willingboro defeated fourth seeded North Plainfield, 47-38.
Despite the quarterfinal exit, the Chargers can look back on an extremely successful 2015-16 season with a 22-6 overall record. They finished first in the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division with an 8-2 record. Both Dadika and Hart earned their 1,000th career points as Chargers and were given awards for stellar seasons from the GMC.
Dadika was named to the GMC All Conference and All Blue Teams while Hart earned a nod for the All Blue Team. Coach Steve Mate was named as Coach of the Year for the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division.
The other semi-final matchup in the Central Jersey Group Two NJSIAA Tournament will see second seeded Manasquan facing off against third seeded Rumson-Fair Haven. Both semi-final games will be played on Saturday, with the finals being played on Monday, March 7.