NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Pioneers High School Varsity basketball team improved their record to 5-5 in a riveting come from behind 56-51 victory over Roselle Park.
Greg Meyers led the Pioneers with 20 points with five 3-balls, Jackson Barletta and Brian Kelly netted 12 apiece. Dylan Bedder scored 10 and Sean Dillon 2.
Early in the first quarter, the Pioneers found themselves trailing Roselle Park 7-2, but back-to-back scoring from Greg Meyers left the Pioneers trailing by just one, 8-7. Despite turnovers, the Pioneers kept the score close, partly because of numerous travel calls on Roselle Park, and the Pioneers' dominance on the boards, particularly, Dylan Bedder's offensive rebounds.
While New Providence's rebounding ability and defensive pressure allowed them to keep the game close in the first quarter, missed opportunities allowed Roselle Park to gain offensive traction. Within the first minute of the second quarter, Kevin Cadet scored four points, bringing the score to 12-7, Roselle Park.
Cadet took advantage of the Pioneers sputtering offense, scoring 8 points in the second quarter, with one assist, making him accountable for 10 of Roselle Park's 16 second quarter points. A 3-pointer by Meyers cut Roselle Park's lead to 17-13. The Pioneers missed several outside shots, allowing Roselle Park to extend their lead, as they opted to take more secure field goal opportunities. The Pioneers trailed Roselle Park by 9 points at half, 24-15.
The Pioneers started the second half a different team, with Meyers scoring on the opening possession. Cadet answered with a 3-pointer, which could've hushed the momentum the Pioneers were trying to mount, but New Providence, instead, began trading offensive blows.
The Pioneers sudden offensive explosion in conjunction with their staunch defense, limited Roselle Park to 10 points in the third quarter, while scoring 18, bringing the score to 34-33, Roselle Park.
Early in the fourth quarter Bedder gave the Pioneers their first lead of the game. Sean Dillon quickly followed-up, giving the Pioneers a 3-point lead.
Roselle Park still had some fight in them, battling back and tying the score, but after another Bedder score in the paint, Meyers scored 9 points, with three, 3-pointers in a row.
As the clock began to wind down, Jackson Barletta again found himself at the free throw line, scoring on both attempts, giving the Pioneers a 5-point lead.
Roselle Park was unable to handle New Providence's fourth quarter offensive onslaught, which because of offensive rebounds, included second and some third opportunities.
New Providence will travel next to Clark, NJ, to face the (10-1) Arthur L. Johnson team on Thursday, Jan. 19 with a 7 p.m. tip-off.