WARREN, NJ - Both the Watchung Hills boys and girls basketball teams fell to Rutgers Prep on Thursday but the Watchung Hills boys almost pulled off an upset. Warrior Michael Bressler found Chad Martini on a lob, and with 2:18 left in the game, unbeaten Rutgers Prep was only up one, 67-66. Bressler finished with 24 points, Martini hit 19 and brought down 10 rebounds and Pat Stefurak added 12 points for the Warriors. The final score, 71-66.
“Extremely proud of my boys and program,” said WHRHS boys head coach Justin Salton. “They played with a lot of passion and heart against the No. 19 team in the country. We had the ball down one with a minute and a half left, you want the opportunity and we had our chance. We didn’t come out on top tonight but I couldn’t be more proud of my boys effort. I love our program and team. A play here and a call there and it may have been a different result. Hopefully, we continue to get better and start to peak at the right time in one of the toughest counties and state sectionals in NJ.”
Missing starter Jayden Baltuch due to injury, the Watchung Hills girls started strong but were out lasted by a deep Rutgers Prep team, 49-27.
Olivia Mullins led all scorers with 18 points and Christina Dalce added 14 points for No. 6 ranked Rutgers Prep, who improved to 17-3 on the season with the win. Alexa Santo had 7 points and 8 rebounds while Mahogany Jenkins pitched in 5 points and 10 rebounds for Watchung Hills. The Warriors dropped to 16-4 on the season with the loss.