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.
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.
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.