PATERSON, NJ – Once again, the Eastside and Kennedy boys’ basketball teams ended up on a collision course in the Passaic County Tournament. Last year, they met in the finals and Kennedy sprung an upset to win the title. This year, they will meet in the semifinals on Sat., Feb. 18 at noon at Kennedy.
That matchup was set up by their victories in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
For the Knights, junior Hassan Townes made it personal against his old team as Kennedy beat Passaic Tech, 56-47.
The junior transfer from Tech knocked down five “triples” as he scored 19 points. The game was close as Kennedy took a 37-36 lead into the 4th quarter. But the Knights went on to out-score Tech 19-11 in the final quarter.
Senior star Sammy Singletary and Freshman Donte Wise chipped in 14 points each for Kennedy. Singletary added five assists, while Wise had seven rebounds and three blocks.
For Tech, senior Shackquiel Scott scored 11 points with 16 rebounds and sophomore Zaheem Beal added 12 points and seven.
Meanwhile, Quattier Jackson and junior Jetor Brown each scored 13 points and senior DeAndre Noble-Haywood added 11 points as Eastside took control early in the second quarter and cruised to a 64-48 win over Passaic Valley.
The Ghosts out-rebounded PV, 27-17. Passaic Valley was led by Senior Olumide Onajide with 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Sophomore Stefan Minic made four”triples”for 12 points.