NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Summit High School Boys Basketball Team got off to a sprightly start at New Providence -- jumping to a double-digit lead at the end of the first quarter -- then held on, staving off a feisty Pioneer squad to win by a bucket, 44-42.

The Maroon and White, who never trailed in the game, raced out to a 9-1 lead and led 14-4 after the opening quarter and -- for card-carrying members of Hiltopper Nation -- it's a good thing that they did, because they were outscored 38-30 the rest of the way. After clawing back for 20 minutes of play, New Providence made it a two-point game with just under three minutes to play, but Summit did just enough to close the deal.

Summit senior captain Eric Baier led all scorers with 17 points and added seven rebounds. Classmate and fellow captain Joe Lusardi had seven points and eight 'boards. Hilltopper senior Connor Demm hit two massive free three throws inside the final 15 seconds to give The 'Top a four-point lead which, effectively, sealed the win.

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Owen Kovacs led the Pioneers with 13 points and Carsten Schumm had a 12-point, 10-rebound Double Double.

Summit, now 4-2 on the season, next travels to Cranford January 9 to face the Cougars. Game time is 4 p.m.