SUMMIT, NJ - Just call them 'Kings of The 'Hills'.
The Hilltopper Boys Varsity Basketball team took care of Hillside at the Main Gym 68-49 behind a pair of Double-Doubles from two of their senior captains -- a 27-point, 10-rebound performance from Eric Baier and a 19-point, 10-rebound effort from Will Hellings. The win is Summit's 15th consecutive victory, a streak that has now lasted 38 days.
The Maroon and White also had two more seniors -- Joe Lusardi and Jalen Russell -- wink at a Double-Double. Lusardi had eight points and six rebounds and Russell notched seven points and six rebounds.
Hillside was led by the strong one-two scoring punch of Kalleem Lambert (23 points) and Jaheim Lewis (14 points) who dropped a combined 37, however no other Comet had more than four points.
For a team that scored nearly 70 on the night, Summit was fairly tame offensively in the first quarter, posting just nine points. The 'Top's defense was not so benign, however, holding Hillside to just six points in the opening frame and just 18 over the first half. At the break, the Hilltoppers led 26-18.
Both teams upped their scoring in the second half and it was the home side that did the majority of the points damage, as Summit scored 20 in the third and 42 total over the course of the final 16 minutes of action. Interestingly, the boys from the 07901 were able to amass a season-high offensive output -- topping by a point the 67 scored in their overtime win against Union on February 1 -- despite hitting just four triples the entire night.
One may chalk that up as another Cliff Clavin-eque fact, but what that stat really says is what this group of Hilltoppers has been robustly repeating now for nearly six weeks: specifically, that they will find a way to win.
Summit, now 18-2, next enters Union County Tournament play seeded seventh and will open February 15 against 18th-seeded Roselle at the Main Gym. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m.