CHATHAM, NJ -- In a three-game round-robin showcase that extends into Monday, the New Providence boys basketball team has split its first two games in the Cougar Classic this weekend.
Friday night, the Pioneers sank nine 3-pointers in the first half en route to a 68-59 victory over Chatham. Senior guard Sean Dillon scored 21 points and passed for six assists, leading New Providence in both categories.
Nick Bisaccia finished with 19 points--including four 3-pointers--and five rebounds for the Pioneers, and Owen Kovacs sparked the team defensively with a team-high nine steals against Chatham. Carsten Schumm had eight points and five rebounds.
But, playing its second game in 18 hours, New Providence lost to Madison, 62-41, Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers fell behind early, yielding Madison an abundance of second-shot opportunities and extra chances off of turnovers.
With Madison ahead, 13-5, New Providence scored the first seven points of the second quarter to pull within one, 13-12. That short spurt was sparked by the Pioneers' bench. Reserves Chris Monaco and Will Lattmann each hit jumpers and in between them Bisaccia hit a 3-pointer. But Madison regained control of the rest of the quarter, and the game. Bisaccia was the only New Providence scorer in double figures, with 11 points.
New Providence (1-2) will be back in action in its third game of the Cougar Classic Monday at 2 p.m. against Somerville in Chatham.