SPOTSWOOD, NJ - South Plainfield had knocked off ninth-seeded Perth Amboy Tech in the preliminary round of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament, but the 25th seed did not pull off another upset against the eighth-seeded Spotswood High School boys varsity basketball team yesterday. In the end, the Chargers rallied to take the victory in the first round of the county tournament, 68-64.
The game between the two teams was nip and tuck. However, the Tigers held a decisive 32-24 lead going into the halftime break. Spotswood came on in the third quarter to outscore South Plainfield, 25-15, taking the edge on the scoreboard. They were able to hold on in the fourth to take the victory, which moves them into the quarterfinals on the tournament.
The Chargers will meet the number one seeded St. Joseph's of Metuchen. St. Joe's dominated Bishop Ahr in their first round match, winning 72-16. Bishop Ahr was the sixteenth seed.
Spotswood will take on St. Joe's in a rare Sunday evening game at 6 p.m., traveling to New Brunswick High School. All quarterfinal games will be played in New Brunswick for both boys and girls.
The Chargers overall record on the season is 20-4 while the Falcons are 17-5 with a 12-0 conference record. Spotswood is 8-2 in conference play this season.
Eric Dadika came up big again for the Chargers against South Plainfield, netting 28 points in the big first round win. Junior Andrew Fuzesi scored 12 points while senior standout Marlon Hart contributed 12. Dan Newton earned seven points in the win while junior JT Vento added four points. Sophomore Justin Dekovics chipped in three.
Lamont Williams had the hot hand for South Plainfield, scoring a game-high 29 points. Jason Lee netted 15 for the Tigers.