SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -- For the third time in four years, Scotch Plains-Fanwood (2-1) has won the Anthony J. Cotoia Holiday Tournament by defeating the host Tigers in South Plainfield

Senior Justin Guy led the team with 14 points and had 8 rebounds. Mateusz Sierant, a junior guard, also contributed to the 56-49 victory over South Plainfield.

"Mateusz was more aggressive offensively and stepped up to help us out today," said Raiders Coach Steve Siracusa. "It was definitely a physical and back-and-forth game. I have to give South Plainfield credit -- they kept fighting hard and hit some big shots along the way."

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The coach said that his team needs to work on free throws and cut down on missed layups and turnovers.

"We have to correct that. Anytime you can make those mistakes and still walk away with a win, we will take it," Siracusa told TAPintoSPF.

"Hayden Widder was our floor general during the tournament," Siracusa added. "He brings leadership in guard position and plays hard."

In the first-round game, senior Justin Fletcher scored 14 points to lead Scotch Plains-Fanwood past Perth Amboy Tech, 56-43. Raul Lugo pumped in 11 points for the Raiders. Perth Amboy Tech's Felix Romero led all scorers with 25 points. 

"It was a hard fought win, we didn't put them completely away," Siracusa said. "We tried to limit Romero, got everyone in the game and had a great team effort. On offense, almost everyone scored. We had a balanced attack."

The Raiders play their first eight games on the road. Their next contest will be in Union on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.

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