NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. - On the back of a 23-point offensive performance on Saturday, the New Providence boys' basketball team put up 52 points to beat Morris Catholic 52-45 on Tuesday at New Providence High School.
Pioneer forward Bryan Sherman scored a game-high 17 points, while guard Curtis Kyzima added 14 in the victory.
"We really struggled scoring," New Providence head coach Art Cattano said. "Its great getting scroing from anyone."
The Pioneers jumped out to a 9-4 in the first quarter, after Sherman hit on a fast break layup then on a outback attempt with 3:00 to play in the opening period.
The Crusaders battled back in the final minutes when Ryan Tiefenboche sunk a 3-pointer and a deep two, tying the game at 11 after the first quarter.
The second quarter was back-and-forth, but the Pioneers remained ahead, because five points from Kyzima.
New Providence led by only one at halftime, but saw their lead jump to seven in the third quarter. After falling behind off a 3-pointer from Morris Catholic's Zach Williams, the Pioneers rallied for eight straight points to go ahead by five.
Williams answered with another deep ball, but New Providence put up six more points, including four from Kyzima to lead 36-29 at the start of the fourth quarter.
In the final period, the Pioneers extended their lead to 11 on a Sherman basket with 2:45 to play, eventually winning the game by seven, 52-45.
The Pioneers have now won two of their last three games after losing four straight games.
Despite the victory, Cattano thinks there is room for improvement in all facets of the game.
"I'm still a little disappointed in the way we're playing, like not taking care of the basketball especially with a nice lead," Cattano said. "I still think we're forcing things when we don't have to. We'd actually score more if we didn't try to force shots."
Sherman said the team played well even though "turnovers are still in issue."
New Providence will look to make it two-in-a-row on Friday when they face Oratory Prep.