NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ- New Providence clinched their conference with a dominant 89-59 win over Roselle Park on Wednesday night. Since losing their season opener to conference rival Johnson, the Pioneers have been perfect in conference play.
Johnson has two conference games remaining before a champion can be crowned, but with a 7-1 record they can only tie New Providence at 9-1.
After the game, New Providence head coach Art Cattano praised his team for their resiliency. "They're a real special group. They're really together. They really like each other," said Cattano. "They do a lot of stuff together off the basketball court, and you know, one of the things we talked about before we played Johnson in the first game, because everyone was saying what a big game it was, and I said no matter what happens this is not our season." Cattano recalled, "Even if we won the first game, that's not our season. We still have to win, you know, nine more games in the conference to be a conference champion."
New Providence never trailed in the game. The Pioneers scored quickly going up 9-0 off of baskets from four different players. Junior Dylan Bedder put on a clinic in the first half leading the Pioneers with 25 points before halftime.
The Pioneers ended the first quarter up 29-12, and they increased their lead to 20 at the half with a score of 53-33. New Providence upped the pressure in the third quarter. Brian Kelly tallied 11 points in the third quarter for the Pioneers to add to their advantage. They led 81-43 at the end of three.
The Pioneer starters were rested for the fourth quarter, the bench closed out the game.
Bedder and Kelly led the Pioneers in scoring with 29 and 20 total points, respectively. Greg Meyers tallied 10 points of his own. Patrick Trezza and Sean Dillon scored nine points each for the Pioneers. Richie Wawzycki scored six points, and Dan Mansfield, Dan McCarron, and Matt Misiukiewiscz scored three, two, and one respectively.
New Providence travels to Rahway for their next game on Friday at 4 p.m.