SPARTA, NJ - Every game presents different challenges than the previous game. The challenge for Sparta Friday night was that Fair Lawn was much smaller than they. The meant that Fair Lawn had to speed up the game on both sides of the court.
Fair Lawn has not scored less than 51 points in a game this year. Sparta needed to outscore Fair Lawn using a smaller lineup than they would have wanted to use.
Fair Lawn used a 1-3-1 three quarter court press that sped up Sparta. Once the first wave of pressure was broken, Sparta had 2-on-1s and 3-on-2s but could not finish at the rim. They did not waste any clock, as well, allowing Fair Lawn to come back in a game that was 52-39 after the third quarter.
Nick Lucas had a wonderful game. He was aggressive from the beginning. He did not always take jump shots; instead deciding to use his body and driving ability to get tough baskets and draw fouls. He had 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Jack Simon found his stroke early and stayed with it throughout the game, finishing with 18 points including four three pointers. He helped out with seven rebounds.
Despite a constant height advantage on his opponents, Terrell Smith had six points but also had 14 rebounds. He fought foul trouble all night because he was guarding smaller players who would bring him out of the paint and then drive on him.
Fair Lawn had four players in double digits with senior Justin Ensuncho leading the way with 15 points. Senior Quamere Crews was right behind him with 13 points.
The boys' next game is against Bergenfield on Tuesday as part of a doubleheader with the Lady Spartans. Both games are part of the state tournament. The boys are a two seed while the girls are a five seed. First game is at 5 p.m. Come out and support the Spartans.