WOODBRIDGE, NJ - The Mountainside P.A.L Boys 8th Grade Team ended their 2015-2016 season on a high note with a well deserved 55-44 win against Scotch Plains' Immaculate Heart of Mary at the 8th Grade Blue Division Championship Final of the Jersey Basketball Association League on Sunday, March 13th at Avenel Middle School in Woodbridge.
Before the starting tip-off, each player was individually announced as they stepped on the court, which gave a totally new feeling to the way the Mountainside Team played. The formality of the event made the boys aware of the fact that they had to leave all that they have on the court in order to defeat I.H.M., whom they suffered their only loss of the season.
Throughout the first half, Mountainside kept a constant narrow lead over I.H.M., which showed the effectiveness of the new offensive and defensive formations Coach Marco Medina made for this championship game.
The second half of the game began with the same passion the boys had brought to the first half. During the third quarter, Ferdinando Melo, the game's top scorer, made the majority of his 24 points.
With the final 8 minutes set on the clock, I.H.M. brought a new wave of energy onto the court and came within three points.
The Mountainside boys would not let the game they had been dominating for all three quarters go to waste. The boys used a variety of their newly created plays to fuel a hot run to end the game on top, 55-44.
The Mountainside 8th Grade Boys P.A.L.. Team looks forward to using the basketball skills they learned throughout their victorious season at Governor Livingston next fall.