East Brunswick, NJ - Strong performances from Bears Seniors, Gil Wyman and Dante Ralph was not enough to beat the South Brunswick Vikings.

The Vikings played extremely well but they also had a ton of help from the referees.

South Brunswick had attempted 26 free throws in comparison to East Brunswick’s 9 free throws.

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The extra opportunities given to the Vikings gave them an immense advantage and they were able to beat the Bears, 59-46.

It was clear that early in the game the Bears were going to rely heavily on the three point shot, when they knocked down four threes to take a 9-1 lead.

Two of these three pointers came from Gil Wyman who had tallied 12 points, all coming from behind the arc. However, the Vikings came back strong and it was all tied up, 11-11 at the end of the first quarter.

South Brunswick’s momentum carried into the second quarter as they took a 17-11 with a little less than six minutes left.

The Bears recorded their first bucket with four and a half minutes left cutting the Vikings lead down to only six.

South Brunswick did not trail for the rest of the game from this point on and they finished off the first half with a buzzer beating layup to go up 10 points.   

In the third quarter the Bears were called for a multitude of fouls, which gave the Vikings multiple opportunities to extend their lead.

Not only were the fouls resulting in extra opportunities but they were also huge momentum killers for EB.

The stoppage in play every other possession made it extremely difficult for the team to get into a rhythm.

The smallest deficit the Bears faced was eight points, but the lead was extended to 40-29 going into the final quarter.

Since the Bears were trailing in the fourth quarter they were forced to send the Vikings to the free throw line which allowed South Brunswick to keep extending their lead.

The whole fourth quarter EB was playing catch-up but it was hard for them to claw their way back into the game because of the amount of free throws.

The Vikings were lead by Senior Michael Ugarte who had 25 points.

East Brunswick ended up losing to South Brunswick 59-46.