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.

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