PATERSON, NJ - Size and recent history will be on the side of the Eastside varsity boys basketball team when the Ghosts open their 2013-2014 season Friday night in the gym of city rival John F. Kennedy High school.

Last season, the Ghosts put together a 25-3 record and reached the NJSIAA Section 1, Group 4 semifinals before being upset by Bloomfield. Along the way, Eastside scored a pair of victories over JFK by scores of 69-61 and 65-41.

Eastside has three starters--6-7 junior Shakur Juiston, 6-6 junior Marquel Sheffield and 6-5 senior Quincy Jones--that are all taller than JFK's biggest frontcourt player.

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Here is Eastside's schedule through the end of January:

Fri 12/20/2013 8 PM at Paterson Kennedy
Fri 1/03/2014 7 PM vs. Bergen Tech

Tue 1/07/2014 7 PM vs. Clifton
Sat 1/11/2014 1 PM at Passaic
Tue 1/14/2014 7 PM vs. Passaic Tech
Thu 1/16/2014 7 PM vs. Wayne Valley
Tue 1/21/2014 7 PM at DePaul
Thu 1/23/2014 4:15 PM vs. Lakeland
Sat 1/25/2014 7 PM vs. Marist
Tue 1/28/2014 7 PM vs. Paterson Kennedy (at Eastside)
Thu 1/30/2014 7 PM at Bergen Tech