Leaky Ceiling Halts Summit H.S. Boys Basketball's Game at Hillside; Hilltopper Girls Drubbed by Roselle Catholic

Junior Bella Cusumano drives the paint. Credits: David Mahoney

HILLSIDE, NJ - First junior captain Malcolm Sidebottom rained down eight three's on Hillside, then the 'precipitation' actually started falling -- via a leaky ceiling in the Comets' gym.

The result was a game ended just 30 seconds into the third quarter with the Summit High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team leading 44-22. Or was the game suspended? Some confusion appears to remain regarding the ability -- despite both teams' coaches and athletic department administrators agreeing to do so -- to 'call' a game as final versus halt the game and finish the contest at a later date.

Assuming the baseball-like decision and the result both stand, the water-shortened win moves Summit to 17-4 on the season.

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Sidebottom hit his first eight three pointers, missed his ninth, and had 24 points in 16:30 of hoops. Sophomore Eric Baier and junior Jackson Tyler, had seven and five points, respectively, and each had a trey -- meaning Summit buried 10 threes in sum.

For the mathematically inclined, that is one three-ball every minute and 39 seconds of play. Had that pace -- and the game -- continued, Summit would have hit 19 or 20 threes on the day.

The Hilltoppers return home February 21 to face league-leading Rahway at the Main Gym. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Girls Fall Behind Early in Loss to Lions

SUMMIT, NJ - Outscoring the home team 45-10 over the first and third quarters, Roselle Catholic eased to 60-31 victory over the Summit High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team at the Main Gym. Tyara McQueen had 15 points and Taniya Hanner added 11 to pace the victors. Senior captain Christina Richson led Summit with 11.

The game's dosage of drama lasted less than eight minutes, as the Lions scored a whopping 24 points in the first quarter and took a 17-point lead. From there, the result was destined, even though Summit fought back to take the second stanza 10-9.

Unfortunately for the home team, the third quarter pretty much mirrored the opening frame with Roselle Catholic owning the segment to the tune of a 21-3 scoreline.

Next up for Summit, now 12-9 on the season, is a February 22 trip to Morris Knolls. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.






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