Ghosts vs. Knights In State Sectional Finals

Ghosts and Knights in action in county final

PATERSON, NJ - Three games wasn't enough. The Eastside and Kennedy high boys basketball teams will meet for the fourth time in the Group IV, Section I finals of the state tournament.

The Paterson teams set up another rematch by winning their sectional semifinals on March 4. Eastside topped Roxbury, 55-41, while Kennedy beat Montclair, 58-51.

Dawan Lighty continued his heroics for the Knights, now 20-10, scoring a team-high 19 points. Jhamir White had 15 and Sammy Singletary 11 for Kennedy.

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Meanwhile, in the other sectional semifinal, the Ghosts, now 17-8, came came out in Eastside fashion, playing tough, scrappy defense as they looked like thieves in the night with all the steals they had against a much bigger Roxbury team.

As they have all season, the Ghosts started out slowly, ending the the first quarter trailing Roxbury 9-8 and holding a 16-10 lead at the half.
But as the second half got under way, the Ghosts got stronger and stronger and stronger, forcing five quick turnovers, a number that grew to 18 by the end of the game.

Eastside played close to a perfect game, lead by senior guard David Burgos who had 17 points and 6 assists as he controlled the tempo of the game like an All-America guard. The rest of the Ghosts followed suit.
Roxbury did manage to cut the lead down to 38-30 at one point, but again the Ghost's pressure defense did its job and pushed the lead right back up to 12, and sometimes 15.

Eastside won the two regular season meetings between Paterson schools, while Kennedy won their showdown in the finals of the Passaic County tournament.

The winner of Monday's game will advance to the Group IV North finals and be two wins away from the Tournament of Champions. 

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