PISCATAWAY/EDISON, N.J. -- The Piscataway boys and girls basketball teams were in action on Tuesday night and both faced J.P. Stevens.
The boys won on the road in Edison against the Hawks, 52-40, while the girls fell at home, 59-50.
Antonio Chandler led the charge with 17 points while six others poured in at least three points apiece. Chandler, who made two 3-pointers and five free throws, was helped out by Tyree Barba-Bey (eight points), Mark Davis (eight points), Andre Embden (seven points), Khristian Hernandez (six points), Daryl DeCohen (three points), and Keshawn Peterson (three points).
With the victory, the boys have now won five out of their last six games to move to 6-5 overall and 4-2 in the Red Division. Despite the loss, J.P. Stevens, which started the year 7-0 for the first time, is still ahead of the black and gold with a 5-2 divisional record. The Hawks are 8-5 overall.
“It was a big game for us,” Piscataway coach Darius Griffin, Sr. said. “They’re a good team and very well coached. We’re starting to play better and have to continue to value every possession and commit to defense.”
A steal by Peterson and a breakaway layup by Hernandez gave Piscataway a 23-10 lead in the second quarter. The Chiefs then went on a 9-0 run to make it 32-15. J.P. Steven’s Kasi Hazzard, who also scored 17 points, nailed one of his five 3-pointers at the halftime buzzer to cut it to 32-18.
J.P. Stevens closed the gap at 35-22 with a little over five minutes remaining in the third quarter, but the Chiefs ended the frame on a 5-2 run to go up 45-29 on a Chandler last second jumper on a second chance opportunity.
Piscataway would hold on for the lead.
Next up for the Chiefs is a date on the road in Perth Amboy on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The Panthers are 0-5 in the division as of this writing and 3-8 overall.
“Every night is tough. The GMC has some very good coaches and teams and anyone can beat anyone so when you get a win you take,” Griffin said.
The Lady Chiefs were locked in a battle all night long as first place in the Red Division of the Greater Middlesex Conference was on the line. Both Piscataway and J.P. Stevens entered with unblemished divisional records, but only the Hawks left with its perfect 6-0 mark intact. J.P. Stevens improved to 9-2 overall and 6-0 in the Red while Piscataway moved to 6-5 and 5-1.
Kiarah Turner netted a game-high 20 points for J.P. Stevens while Megan Duffy and Disha Prabhudesai added 16 and 11 respectively. Kayla Gattling pounded the glass pulling down 13 points with her five points -- three of which came from the free-throw line.
For Piscataway, Tori Fisher scored 11 points and Ariel Jenkins, Kaelonn Wilson, And Saniya Myers all chipped in with 10 points each. Jenkins and Myers both recorded double-doubles as well as they pulled down 16 and 13 boards respectively.
Piscataway out-rebounded J.P. Stevens, 52-34, but the Hawks edged the Chiefs in 3-pointers (6-2) and from the foul line (seven makes to two).
J.P. Stevens led at halftime, 26-20, but Wilson and Myers bucketed a total of 12 points for the Chiefs to creep closer and Piscataway led 39-38 at the end of the third, but J.P. Stevens used a 6-0 run to cut it to a one-point game.
That proved large as that momentum fueled the Hawks to later take a 59-50 lead thanks to a 13-2 run. Turner scored 16 of her 20 points in the second half.
Piscataway will look to get back in the win column on Thursday against Perth Amboy, which is 3-5 overall and 0-5 in the Red.
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