SUMMIT, NJ - When a team's second-leading scorer has three points, one knows it may be a long evening of basketball for their favorite squad.

Such was the case when the Summit Boys Basketball Team traveled to Rahway, an impressive team that boasted a 17-3 record entering the contest.

Senior captain had Will Schaffer had 14 points, and nine other members of The Maroon & White made the scoresheet, which is normally a solid stat. That metric was mitigated by the fact that those nine boys from the 07901 averaged just two points each.

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In full fairness to the visitors, who were playing without injured senior captain Chip Roriston, Coach Dan Healy limited minutes to his starters and gave his full roster more than an appetizer-sized taste of what may come if they are required to travel back to Rahway for a potential NJSIAA North 2, Group 3 tournament match-up -- which likely will be the case if eighth-seeded Summit gets by ninth-seeded Warren Hills on February 28.

In any event, the math added up to 49-32 defeat, Summit's third loss in a row and a setback which sees their season record dip to 10-13.

The Indians didn't exactly blow the Hilltoppers out of the gym in a first half that concluded with Rahway leading 24-14, however 14 points in 16 minutes of hoops won't win many games and, eight minutes of basketball later, it was clear that Summit was not going to emerge victorious on this day.

Rahway 'won' the third quarter 15-6, and the drama even a Hilltopper optimist was conjuring drifted into the ether with Summit trailing 39-20.

Prior to entering tournament play, the Hilltoppers will face North Brunswick Township February 24 at the Main Gym. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.