SUMMIT, NJ - The seventh-seeded Summit High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team outscored 10th-seeded Rahway by 11 points over the second and third quarters, a margin which proved decisive as the Hilltoppers beat the Indians 53-43 in a Union County Tournament (UCT) first-round matchup at the Main Gym.
The victory is Summit's 18th straight and takes their season mark to 21-2.
Senior captain Eric Baier had another monster night, scoring 29 points and snaring 11 rebounds for a five-star caliber Double-Double. When he wasn't scoring or rebounding, Baier also contributed foiur assists, two blocks and three steals. His classmates and fellow captains Joe Lusardi and Will Hellings each added 8 points and 10 'boards for The 'Top.
Ernest Carter scored 13 points and Amari Thompson added 12 to pace Rahway.
As they did the night before against Caldwell, Summit trailed by a bucket after one quarter. Down 13-11, the Hilltoppers outscored the visitors 16-9 over he next eight minutes of play to take a five-point halftime lead and then kept the momentum going after the break, 'winning' a low-scoring third stanza 9-5 and heading to the final frame ahead, 36-27.
Both teams found the keys to the offensive ignition and combined for 33 final frame points. Fortunately for Hilltopper Nation, the home team got 17 of those points and ended up winning in relative comfort.
Summit's reward for the 'W' is a tough trip to face third-seeded Roselle Catholic on February 22. Tip-off for the UCT quarterfinal versus the Lions is set for 7:30 p.m. at AL Johnson High School in Clark.