SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team earned a spot in the Pete Tierney Holiday Tournament championship game by beating Morristown 51-35 at the Main Gym. In the Girls bracket, the Hilltoppers suffered a narrow 47-45 defeat at the hands of Hanover Park and will play in the consolation game.
The Boys will face Immaculata, a 67-51 winner over Governor Livingston, at 6:45 p.m. for the tournament title, while the Girls will take on JP Stevens, which fell to Mount Saint Mary's 58-27, in the third-place contest at 1:30 p.m. Both games will tip-off at the Main Gym. The Boys consolation game between Governor Livingston and Morristown will begin at 3:15 p.m. and the Hanover Park - Mount Saint Mary's Girls championship will tip at 5 p.m.
Big First Half Lifts Hilltopper Boys
A 31-13 first-half bulge gave the Maroon and White an 18-point lead at the break, and The 'Top was never really headed from there versus Morristown. Summit held the Colonials to just three points in the second quarter.
Senior captain Eric Baier led all scorers with 21 points and classmate and fellow captain Will Hellings added nine points and six boards in the victory.
The win was the Hilltoppers' third victory without a loss on the young season.
Lawlor's Huge Day Not Enough for Summit Girls
Sophomore Olivia Lawlor delivered a 32-point, 10-rebound Double Double, but the Hiltoppers trailed by seven points after three quarters and came up a deuce short in the end. While Lawlor was dominant, the next highest Summit scorer had just three points.
The Hornets got 15 points from Frankie DiMaiolo, 10 from Olivia Cosenzo, and nine from Brielle Junda. Cosenzo added 10 rebounds for a Double Double of her own.
The loss was Summit's first of the season after consecutive wins to begin their campaign.