ROXBURY, NJ - The quick-striking offense of the Morristown Beard boys basketball squad helped the team defeat the Roxbury Gaels, 47-42, on Thursday.
Led by the explosive offense of Matt McFadden, the Morristown Beard Crimson was able to drive to the rim without being touched. And when the drive was not there, McFadden was able to kick it out for good shots by Brian Monaghan.
After the first quarter, Roxbury looked flustered and had to respond quickly before the game became too far out of reach. In the second quarter, the Gaels started to find their offense by looking inside to forward Doug Alexander. He was able to get some easy points and the paint and draw fouls down low.
However, the Crimson offense was too quick for Roxbury. Morristown Beard was able to force turnovers and grab rebounds down low, and the team turned its defense into offense by running the court in offensive transition.
Going into the half, Morristown Beard had a 12-point advantage over the Gaels.
But coming out of the half, Roxbury guard Anthony McMyne was able to start hitting some of his open looks around the three point line. Roxbury started to slowly work its way back into the game in the second half.
The pressure by Roxbury helped down the stretch as the team was able to force turnovers and earned some easy scores. The Gaels pressured the whole game but were most effective in the late third and early fourth quarters.
Morristown Beard managed to figure out the Roxbury pressure and was able to break the press and run half-court offense. Roxbury had a tough time stopping the Crimson in the fourth.
Then, with only about four minutes left, Roxbury started making a comeback. Down by ten points, Roxbury guard Stephen Loreng hit some shots and, with help from McMyne, he played a big part in narrowing the gap. The full-court pressure of Roxbury helped the cause by forcing some turnovers. Unfortunately for the Gaels, Roxbury had trouble converting these turnovers into points.
At the end of the game, forward Patrick Davis and Morristown Beard were able to hold on for the win. The final score was 47-42, a confidence boosting win for the Crimson.
Roxbury (9-3) will look to regroup and learn from this tough loss on Jan. 31 away at West Milford.
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