SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School boys varsity basketball team was looking for its first win of the 2016-17 season against Bishop Ahr High School on December 21. After two straight losses, the Chargers were in the hunt for a victory. Strong performances from their starters helped deliver a 78-58 win over the Trojans.
Senior Andrew Fusezi netted 16 of his 18 points in the first quarter to led Spotswood to a 37-30 halftime margin. The defense kept Bishop Ahr to only seven points in the first while Spotswood put up 18. Abdullah Nieskens helped nail down the game in the fourth, scoring 12 points to put the game out of reach for Bishop Ahr. Nieskens also pulled down eight rebounds. JT Vento added 17 points to the scoreboard while grabbing six rebounds. Sophomore Matt Vento continued to be a key player for the Chargers in his first varsity season, netting 14 points and taking five rebounds. Justin Dekovics chipped in nine points for Spotswood that moved their overall record to 1-2.
Deontae Crawford was the top scorer for the game. Crawford netted 20 points for Bishop Ahr. Alex Santiago scored 13 points for the Trojans who are also 1-2 on the season.
Spotswood will look to continue their winning ways against Metuchen High School on Friday, December 23. The Chargers will travel to Metuchen for a 6 p.m. game. It will be the last regular season before the winter break though the team will see some holiday tournament action during the week-long respite from school. Tournament play will begin on Tuesday, December 27 with a 3 p.m. game against Piscataway Tech at Bound Brook High School.