CHATHAM, NJ -- In a hard-fought battle, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys' basketball team was unable to pickup their 20th win of the season in Chatham Monday night, as they were bested by the Cougars, 60-48.
After falling behind by 13 points at halftime, the Raiders came out in the 3rd quarter with fire and cut the deficit to six points at one point late in the quarter. Choking defense, crashing the boards and finding open shots attributed to the Raiders' 3rd quarter surge.
Chatham, ranked the No. 7 Group 3 school in the state by nj.com, responded by out-scoring Scotch Plains, 17-13, in the 4th quarter to pull away.
Tommy Drubulis went off for 17 points and John Petris chipped in 10 in the effort for Scotch Plains. For Chatham, Graham LeMon and Jack Rooney each dropped 19 points to carry the potent Cougar offense.
Chatham was a unique opponent on Scotch Plains' schedule this season. The Cougars went to the sectional semifinals last season and appear bound to go farther this year, and they were certainly a test Scotch Plains wanted to face.
The Raiders' record currently stands at 19-3, still a monumental improvement from last year's 3-21. Their next win will be their 20th, and that'll be only the third time in school history they've reached the 20-win mark. Both of those have come in the last ten years (2007-08 and 2010-11). The Raiders can achieve that feat Wednesday, when they host the Plainfield Cardinals in the second round of the Union County Tournament at 7:00 p.m. with a chance to face national power Roselle Catholic in the quarterfinals on the line.