SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -  South Plainfield’s Chris Mathis scored 23 points, and the South Plainfield Tigers held off a late fourth-quarter surge to defeat the Spotswood Chargers, 50-45, in an opening night Blue Division boys basketball matchup.

The Tigers took a two-point lead midway through the first quarter and they would never trail the Chargers for the rest of the game. South Plainfield led Spotswood, 22-18, at the half, and never led Spotswood by more than seven points in the tightly played contest.

In addition to pumping in 23 points, Mathis led all players with seven rebounds.  South Plainfield guard Roemello Monroe chipped in eight points, and controlled much of the offense for the Tigers. 

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South Plainfield led Spotswood 34-27 to start the fourth quarter.  Spotswood’s Jake Dadika brought the Chargers within two points with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.  Dadika would lead all Chargers with 13 points.  South Plainfield would ice the game in the fourth quarter with twelve free throws, and Mathis’ 13 fourth quarter points.

Below is the box score for the South Plainfield versus Spotswood game.

South Plainfield                50

Spotswood                         45

South Plainfield

Chris Mathis                       23 pts    7 rebs                                    1 steal

Roemello Monroe           8 pts      2 rebs    1 ast                      

Jordan Hankerson           6 pts      1 reb                                      1 steal   2 blk

Brandon Bernard             4pts       1reb       1ast                        1 steal   1blk

Malik Cisson                       5 pts       5 reb                                                      1blk

Sean Cullen                        2 pts      5 reb

Kyle Dennis                        2 pts      1 reb

Mike Polizzano                                  1 reb



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**All Photograph's courtesy of Len Schillaci**