NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School boys basketball team won a close and tough game against Glen Rock on Wednesday, to advance to the semi-final round of the 2017 NJSIAA North 1, Group 2 Tournament.

With an ending score of 56-47, the Newton Braves kept the score close in each quarter. They scored 14 in the first and 11 in the second, compared to Glen Rock’s 10 points in each quarter.

The Braves took the lead going into halftime by five points, 25-20. Despite their efforts and attempts to grab the lead, Glen Rock could not take the victory.

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The second half was a close one in points, with the Braves scoring 15 in the third quarter to Glen Rock’s 13 and 16 in the fourth to their 14, to take the victory and move to the semi-final round.

“It was a total team effort,” said Head Coach, Dirk Kelly. “Our leading scorer, Charlie Maker had 10 points, but we had eight players with five or more points. The team played excellent defense and limited turnovers and as a result we were able to get a big lead and hold on at the end.”

Jason Heter contributed nine points, Luismy Arias and Jake Tarabokija had seven points and Luke Young had six points.

Jaiden Elliot, Collin Kelly, and Thomas Salomon contributed five points apiece and Hunter Grave de Peralta contributed two points.

Defensively, the Braves had 20 rebounds, seven steals and three blocks against Glen Rock. Offensively, the Braves made 18 2-pointers, three 3-pointers, and 11 foul shots, with 11 assists.

With the victory over Glen Rock, The Newton High School boys basketball team advances to the semi-finals round, where they will take on second-seeded Hawthorne away on Friday, March 3 with tip off at 7 p.m.

“Hawthorne is a very good and athletic team that is well coached. We expect a close hard fought game,” said Kelly.