New Providence's Big Second Half Leads to Win Over Roselle Park

Credits: Tim LeCras
Credits: Tim LeCras

ROSELLE PARK, N.J. - The New Providence boys' basketball team used two separate extended scoring streaks to break their four game losing streak, beating Roselle Park, 53-42, on the road.

New Providence went on runs of 8-0 and 10-0 during the third quarter to secure their third win of the season.

"We needed a win," Pioneers head coach Art Cattano said. "We had lost four in a row…We got a lead in the second half and spread things out and got back door stuff. I was very pleased with that.

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The Pioneers started off hot from beyond the arch, as six of their seven made baskets came from 3-point range.

Jordan Morang and Curtis Kyzima opened the game with back-to-back threes for New Providence, separated by 15 seconds.

After the Panthers cut the lead to 6-4, Kyle Kroeger added a deep three from the left wing, giving the Pioneers a 9-4 lead.

The teams traded baskets until midway through the second quarter Roselle Park's Yuri Brutus hit his own left wing tre to tie the game at 14-14.

Kyzima responded converting on two more deep balls, sending the game to halftime with the Pioneers ahead 25-21. He scored 11 of his 14 points in the opening half.

"After we started making threes, i think they got our confidence going and made us more energized on defense," Kyzima said.

Roselle Park fought back in the second half. After the Pioneers extended their lead to 27-23, the Panthers went on a 7-0 run to take a 30-28 lead.

Three different players scored during the stretch, including Brutus and Raymarcus Postadan.

The Pioneers responded with an 8-0 run of their own. Tyler Curto hit two 3-pointers during the streak.

"I thought Curto hit two big threes in the second half, third quarter that kind of got us going a little bit," Cattano said. "[It[ gave us a little room and allowed us to do what we wanted to offensively."

Later in the third quarter and into the fourth, New Providence embarked on a 10-0 run to put the game away. Junior Bryan Sherman started the stretch with a basket and a free throw, before Kyzima sunk a deep tre.

After the run was ended, the Pioneers led 47-34 and cruised to the final buzzer.

The Pioneers return to the floor on Friday when they play Jonathan Dayton before Saturday's rivalry game at Governor Livingston.

"We've been saying all week, this is a big week," Kyzima said. "We have three games. We have to take it one game at a time."

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