SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- A 10-0 start in high school basketball is a remarkable feat. It's even more remarkable when the team went 21-3 the year before.
The Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys' basketball team has accomplished just that after Friday's 59-45 win over a scrappy and determined New Brunswick team, as they match the 1997-98 team for the best start in school history.
The Raiders pulled off the victory in front of a packed and energetic gym. Leading the way for the Raiders Friday was Tommy Drubulis, a junior, who dropped 15 points and four three pointers in the win. Joining him in double-digits in the scoring category was Lamont Cruse, also a junior, who put up 11 points for the Scotch Plains, which led 28-22 at halftime. Cooper Heisey added 9.
The Raiders' balanced offense -- arguably their most valuable asset through the start -- was in full display again Friday, as 10 different Raiders scored. SP-F pulled ahead in the third quarter, when they outscored New Brunswick, 19-9.
The Raiders' 10-0 start has put them in elite company within the state. They are now one of 15 teams to remain unbeaten. Teams on the list include not only state, but national powers such as St. Anthony's, Newark East Side and St. Joe's (Met.). In addition, the Raiders are currently ranked No. 8 in Union County -- arguably the best basketball county in the state -- by nj.com.
SP-F's next game is a huge one, as they face perennial power Woodbridge (8-1) in the Eric LeGrand Showcase at Kean University Sunday at 2 p.m.