Three Wins for Paterson Teams in County Tourney

Kennedy and Eastside Boys Advance to County Hoops Semi-Finals with Big Wins
Kennedy during its game with Eastside

PATERSON, NJ - Three Paterson teams moved on to the semi-finals of the Passaic County boys and girls basketball tournaments with wins on February 12.

The top-seeded Kennedy girls coasted in their win, while the Eastside and Kennedy boy had tougher contests.

The Ghosts avenged an 16-point loss earlier in the year by upsetting second-seeded Passaic Valley, 40-34, in the quarter finals of the Passaic County boys basketball tournament.

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Senior point guard David Burgos hit a  big three-pointer and scored another key basket late in the game for Eastside

The game started off just as Passaic Valley wanted - with a slow tempo as the Hornets built a 15-11 halftime lead. But the second half was a different story. The mighty Ghosts came out in a full-court press that forced the Hornets into several turnovers as Eastside outscored Passaic Valley 16-7 in the 3rd quarter to take a 27-22 lead.

Eastside, the seventh seed, was lead by point guard David Burgos who scored 13 and had five assists, while Carl Barrett added 9 on three three-pointer.  Dave Clough lead Passaic Valley with 11 point and senior Nick DiCirstina added 10. The Ghosts will play third-seeded West Milford in the semi-finals at Kennedy High on February 19.

Meanwhile, Kennedy will play eighth-seeded Wayne Valley, which upset top-seeded Passaic Tech, 45-35, in the other boys semi-final.

The Kennedy Knights emerged from their recent slump to notch a 47-42 over fifth-seeded DePaul to advance as well.Jamarr Ellerbee lead the Knights with 14 points, while Kaheen Davis added 13 and Jhamir White had 10.

DePaul took an 11-6 first quarter lead over Kennedy, remained ahead at halftime and still clung to a one-point advantage going into the last quarter. But the Knights outscored DePaul 14-8 in the final eight minutes to snatch the win.

Kennedy has won 10 county boys tournament championships, more than any other school, according to the Passaic County Coaches Association website. Eastside has won seven.

The Knights reached the finals the past two years, but lost both times to Paterson Catholic, a school that closed down after last year. Eastside last reached the finals in 2008 and also lost to Paterson Catholic.

In the girls tournament, Kennedy had no troubled in its 79-36 win over ninth-seeded Pompton Lakes. The Lady Knights were ahead 18-6 after the first quarter and never looked back.

Ericka Brown was high-scorer with 22, with Kylla Champagne had 20 and Ahnyyah Jackson 16 for Kennedy.

The Lady Knights play fourth-seeded DePaul Catholic in the semi-finals on February 19. The other girls semi-final matches sixth-seeded Passaic Tech against second-seeded Eastern Christian.

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