Boys Basketball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Defeats Plainfield, 47-41, Advances in County Tournament

Nigel Nelson hits a foul shot to seal the victory. Credits: John Mooney
Tommy Drubulis led the Raiders with 11 points against Plainfield. Credits: John Mooney
Jack Brady scored 9 points for the Raiders on Wednesday vs. Plainfield. Credits: John Mooney
The contest was marked by tight defense by both SPF and Plainfield. Credits: John Mooney
Dante Porter goes over Nigel Nelson toward the basket as Cooper Heisey (5) and Tommy Drubulis (4) look to rebound. Credits: John Mooney
Romey Talley led Plainfield with 11 pts. Credits: John Mooney
Lamont Cruse guards Romey Talley. Credits: John Mooney

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys basketball team overcame a five-point halftime deficit in a tight defensive game against Plainfield to win, 47-41, Wednesday night and advance to the next round of the Union County Tournament.

Tommy Drubulis paced the Raiders with 11 points. Jack Brady scored nine points, including a 3-point shot and a first-quarter dunk. Nigel Nelson added nine points, with seven of them coming on free throws. 

"I thought tonight's game was a huge win for our team this season and our program moving forward," said second-year head coach Steve Siracusa. "We did expect a tough, good game. They (Plainfield) play the top teams in the state night in and night out, so their record does not reflect how good they really are."

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The Raiders had chances to add to their lead, but did not shoot well from the foul line.

"I was frustrated with how we shot from the free throw line overall tonight," the coach said, "but we made some big free throws late when it counted most."

Romey Talley led Plainfield with 11 points. Dante Porter added 10 mostly in the first half, and Antwan Spencer had eight points. Plainfield is 6-16 (2-4 in the conference).

Scotch Plains-Fanwood will play nationally ranked Roselle Catholic on Saturday at A.L. Johnson High School in Clark. Coach Siracusa, whose team improved to 20-3 with tonight's victory, is looking forward to the challenge.

"We're going to prepare for Roselle Catholic by focusing on what we do best and valuing one possession at a time on both ends of the floor." is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.

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