ROXBURY, NJ - A great all-around basketball effort yesterday by the Roxbury Gaels stopped Delbarton from getting any rhythm in a 69 - 48 home-court victory.
With Roxbury’s stout defense throughout the game, led by Jack Clevenger and Dante Sworn, Delbarton struggled to get buckets early. However, Roxbury was finding many different ways to score. Whether it was tough points in the paint or outside shots, everything was falling.
After the early offensive display by the Gaels, Delbarton responded with its own style of offense. The team was able to create easy shots off the drive. The Green Wave drove to the basket with ease and the team finished its shots, led by Steve Clap in the backcourt and Matt Douglas underneath the rim.
At the end of one, Roxbury led by a small margin going into the second quarter.
The quarter belonged to Roxbury early. The Gaels came out and ran offense very patiently and did not settle for bad shots. Doug Alexander worked inside for easy scores from close range and he went up strong to draw fouls by Delbarton.
Towards the end of the quarter, Delbarton came to life as they responded on offense to cut the Roxbury lead by seven going into the half. The half-time score was 30-23 with the Gaels leading the contest.
But going into the third quarter, Roxbury came out absolutely on fire. With two quick threes on the team’s first two possessions by Anthony McMyne and Brett Osetec, Roxbury gained the momentum right out of the gates in the second half and did not look back.
Not only did the Gaels work hard on offense but the defensive effort was tremendous. Sworn was a pest on the ball as he forced the Delbarton guards to turn the ball over several times in the second half.
Delbarton struggled with breaking Roxbury’s full court press. The Gaels were active and tough on defense as Delbarton kept turning the ball over. Roxbury took advantage of the mistakes and turned defense into offense as the team capitalized on take-aways.
At the end of three, Roxbury had a 12-point lead. The Gaels wanted to put away Delbarton by increasing the lead and that is exactly what happened.
Roxbury continued to press full court and it worked. Delbarton could not settle down and run half-court offense because of the constant pressure.
The Roxbury coaches were pleased with the great defensive effort the team was giving. Players were diving on the floor for loose balls and putting on the line for the ball. The Gaels out hustled the Green Wave to almost every loose ball. This also added points to the scoreboard.
When the final buzzer went off, the Gaels won in a blowout 69-48 as the team earned the tenth win of the season. This was a great bounce-back win for the Gaels as the team lost its last two games.
Roxbury (10-4) will look to keep the momentum going as the team travels to Morris Hills to play on Feb. 5.