PATERSON, NJ - Three of Paterson's four teams advanced into the quarterfinals of the Passaic County Basketball Tournament with first-round wins on February 5.
In what could have been a big upset, senior Dawan Lighty sealed the victory for the Knights of Kennedy High against a young scrappy team from Hawthorne Christian, 64-58.
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Lighty came up with four big free throws in the closing minutes of the first round of the Passaic County Tournament. Lighty who made eight of nine free throws, finished with a team high 16 points and junior forward Sammy Singletary and senior guard Jhamir White finished with 14 and 13 respectively.
In what was a dog-fight from the start, the Knights went into halftime with a six point lead. The third quarter came to an end with Knights leading by only three. They scored the first four points of the fourth quarter, but the young team from Hawthorne Christian hung in tight and kept it close. Hawthorne Christian was lead by Paul Little who finished with 23 points four blocks and a game high 14 rebounds.
Kennedy hosts 5th seeded DePaul in the quarterfinals on February 12.
Eastsided High's boys, the seventh seed, routed 10th seeded Pompton Lakes, 69-41. From the gate the mighty Ghosts were all about business as they took the first quarter by storm, scoring 24 points to Pompton Lakes' 2.
Ghost had balance attack as Deandre Noble finised with 15 and running mate David Burgos added 13. Pompton Lakes tried to hang in there with Greg LoPotro scoring 16 points, but it wasn't enough to stop the Ghosts.
The Ghosts played tough defense and executed some good pass to take over the game by halftime, 46-15. Pompton Lakes slowed the game for the last two quarter and it took Eastside out of their game ,but it wasn't enough to overcome the halftime lead.
Eastside travels to second-seeded Passaic Valley in quarterfinals on February 12.
The top-seeded Kennedy girls has little troubled with Mary Help of Christians in a 81-24 blowout. Tiarra Marshall was high scorer with 18, while Alisha Brown notched 14 and Ahnyyah Jackson 10. The Lady Knights host Pompton Lakes in the Feb. 12 quarterfinals.
The Eastside girls were eliminated, dropping a 63-44 decision to Passaic Tech. Keymadah Swann had 11 for the Lady Ghosts.