PERTH AMBOY, NJ – If the Piscataway High School varsity boys basketball team is going to win the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament, they’ll have perform as well on the road as they did Thursday night -- and then some.

D’Ondre Dent netted a game-high 20 points to lead the ninth-seeded Chiefs to a 68-41 victory over eighth-seeded Perth Amboy Tech in the first round of the GMCT last night in Perth Amboy. With the win, Piscataway earns the rights to a date with top-seeded conference power, St. Joseph (Metuchen), in the quarterfinals on Sunday night at 6 p.m. at New Brunswick High School.

The Falcons are 22-1 on the season and bested 16th-seed Edison, 74-60, in their first round matchup. St. Joe’s beat the Chiefs in both games this season (70-48 and 62-53) and Piscataway hasn’t won in the series since Feb. 3, 2011 (50-41). In that game, now Tennessee Titan wide receiver Tajae Sharpe scored a game-high 14 points.

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Against Perth Amboy Tech Patriots, Piscataway jumped out to a nine-point 20-11 lead after the first quarter, and extended the advantage to 31-17 at the half. Kyle Rios added nine points while Dahjuan Bennerman chipped in with eight, including two 3-pointers. Jordan Davidson contributed seven points of his own as well.

For the Patriots, Javon Fisher notched a double-double scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Kyle Gregory finished with a team-high 12 points.

Also of note, the PHS girls varsity basketball team is also playing in the quarterfinals of the GMCT on Saturday. The fourth-seeded Lady Chiefs will dance with 12th-seeded Old Bridge at New Brunswick High School. For more, click HERE.

To read about the boys team’s preliminary round triumph over Spotswood, click HERE. is an online newspaper serving the Township of Piscataway. Sign up for our FREE daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @PiscatawayTAP.

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