SUMMIT, NJ – The New Providence Pioneers ventured onto the home turf of the Oratory Prep Rams and came away with a 46-42 victory on Saturday night.
From the tip-off, the Oratory Prep Rams had a slow start. They missed their first 3 shots and turned the ball over 2 times before they finally scored with 4:25 left in the quarter.
For New Providence, Vinny Fuschetto sank 2 straight three pointers in the quarter.
Oratory Prep's Steven Zychowski's added 7 points to give his team a 13-11 lead at the end of the quarter.
At the start of the second period, Joe Ferratti added 4 quick points for the New Providence Pioneers.
Again, Oratory Prep began the quarter slowly and did not score until Ryan Murray hit a three with 4:15 remaining in the half.
The game remained close with a number of lead changes. At halftime, New Providence lead 24-22.
The story for the Oratory Prep Rams was the number of turnovers they committed. They had 10 turnovers in the half. New Providence was able to stay in the game and take the lead because of their loose ball control.
At the start of the second half, Oratory Prep scored quickly with a three by Scott Miller. But their turnover problems continued, as they committed 3 more turnovers in the quarter.
New Providence retained the lead at the end of the stanza, 29-34
Once again, at the start of the final quarter, Oratory Prep's Ryan Murray nailed a three to cut the Pioneer lead to 2 points. Even though Oratory Prep did a better job in taking care of the ball, committing only 1 turnover in the quarter, they were never able to regain the lead from New Providence as Vinny Fuschetto hit another three in the quarter to quiet the excited crowd.
With 1:10 left in regulation, Oratory Prep's Steven Zychowski, drilled a clutch three to tighten the score to 45-42 in favor of New Providence.
But New Providence took care of business as Fuschetto made a free throw after an intentional foul to ice the game.
Coach Brian Martin of Oratory Prep, said about his team’s turnover problems, "We usually do a good job in that area of the game. We take a lot of pride in caring for the ball, and as you can see, it really hurt us throughout the ball game."
The final score was New Providence 46, Oratory Prep 42.