RANDOLPH, NJ - The Randolph boys basketball team, seeded second, defeated Pequannock, 55-29, in the first round of the Morris County Tournament at home on Saturday night. at home against Pequannock.

The Rams' defense was a force yet again, stopping any offensive threat Pequannock tried to muster. Luke Nathan took charge on defense and got help from Mike Sasso. "Even though we weren't hitting all of our shots, our defensive intensity stayed high for 32 minutes and we locked them down." Sasso noted after the game.

Nathan and Sasso also finished with eight points each on the offensive end.

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The defense continued its impressive stat of allowing fewer than 10 points in three of the four quarters of the game. The team held Pequannock to four points in the first quarter, nine points in the second and five points in the final quarter of the game.

The Rams ran out to a 16-4 lead in the first quarter. Randolph was led by seniors Juilian Boykins and Eric Schuette with a total of 10 points apiece. 

The offense started hot, but cooled down right before half time, playing a second quarter draw.  However, they pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Panthers in both quarters.

Andrew Sciancalepore said, "If we just continue to buy in to playing great defense and distributing the ball on offense and make our shots, I believe we can win any game."

Up next for the Randolph Rams is the Delbarton Green Wave, the seventh seed in the tournament. The Rams feel they are ready for the Green Wave next Saturday, getting the scouting reports on key players and getting ready in practices.

"Delbarton is a team who plays hard, therefore this quarterfinal game will be a battle." Sasso said.