SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School boys varsity basketball team took the court on Tuesday for preliminary round play in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament, coming away with a 63-51 victory over Middlesex High School to move on to the first round. Matt Vento netted 24 points for the 15th seeded Chargers. Middlesex took a three-point lead into the halftime break. However, Spotswood outscored the Blue Jays by a five-point margin in the second half to nail down the win. Spotswood was hot on the free-throw line too, outscoring Middlesex, 16-7.
Justin Dekovics hit four three pointers in the game for Spotswood, giving him 14 points on the night. Abdullah Nieskens added 14 points while Vinnie Guardiola chipped in four. Jack Welsh scored three and Derek Buhl and Kyle Davey both netted two. Jake Robel was Middlesex's hot hand, scoring 21 points. John Dickey put 11 on the board for the Blue Jays.
Spotswood will now face Piscataway High School in first round play. Piscataway is the second seed in the tournament with a 19-2 overall record. The Chiefs are ranked fourth in the Greater Middlesex Conference. Spotswood will travel to Piscataway on Thursday. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
The Spotswood girls varsity basketball team begins its GMC Tournament play today at the Spotswood High School Gymnasium. They will take on Sayreville High School. Tip off is at 6 p.m. Spotswood is the seventh seed on the girls side and received a bye into the first round. Tenth seeded Sayreville defeated Timothy Christian High School, 59-24, to get into the first round against the Chargers.