WEST ORANGE -- Union Catholic scored the first five points of overtime on the way to a 51-46 road victory on Saturday afternoon against West Orange.
Elijah Barlow, who scored six of his game-high 18 points in the extra session, made two free throws and Isaac Holmes was fouled while scoring on a layup and made the foul shot as UC opened a 45-40 lead in overtime. Barlow made four more free throws and Al Richardson made a bucket to keep UC in control for the rest of overtime.
The Vikings, now 10-6 on the season, led by two points as time was winding down in the fourth quarter, but West Orange made a buzzer beating layup to force OT.
UC played a very strong defensive game, coming up with 12 steals in the game, four each by Richardson and Matt Tracey. Tracey put together another strong all-round game, scoring eight points and hauling down a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Vikings will be back in action on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.