BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — The Bernards boys basketball team scored the first 10 points of the second half to break away from a deadlock and went on to a 57-40 Senior Night victory over North Plainfield on Monday.
The Mountaineers (7-3) are known for their ability to score points in bunches and in a hurry this season. Monday night, they let a six-point lead slip away when North Plainfield scored the last six points of the first half.
But any momentum the Canucks might have gleaned from that closing spurt in the second quarter quickly went by the wayside against Bernards' fullcourt pressure and hot shooting to start the second half.
Vincent White took a pass from Andrew Infusino and knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key on Bernards' first possession of the third quarter. Then, Elliot Dietrich scored on a baseline drive.
After a turnover, White found Insler in the corner for a 3-point basket to give Bernards a 31-23 lead. Then, with 5:38 left in the third quarter, center Andrew Holmes fed Dietrich for a short bank shot in the lane to give the Mountaineers a 10-point lead after scoring 10 points in the span of 2 minutes and 22 seconds.
Bernards outscored North Plainfield, 18-8, in the third quarter and had a 41-31 lead heading into the final period.
Holmes finished with 11 points and eight rebounds for the Mountaineers, who had 10 different players score at least two points.