SUMMIT, NJ - Senior Charles Lord splashed four rainbows from beyond the arc en route to a game-high 14 points as the third-seeded Summit H.S. Boys Varsity Basketball Team opened its NJSIAA tournament sojourn with 62-40 victory over 14th-seeded Cranford at the Main Gym. The victory improves Summit's season mark to 24-3 and sends the Maroon and White into the quarterfinals against 11th-seeded Payne Tech, an upset winner over sixth-seeded Rahway.
In addition to Lord's long-distance marksmanship, the Hiltoppers had three others in double figures, with senior captains Eric Baier (13 points and 10 rebounds) and Will Hellings (11 and 11) netting Double-Doubles, and classmate and fellow captain Joe Lusardi contributing 13 points and six 'boards.
Zion Hammond had 12 points and Arjun Petgrave scored 10 for Cranford.
Despite the final margin, the game was tight battle early on with Summit holding just 16-15 and 30-26 leads at the end of the first quarter and at the halftime break, respectively.
The home team took control in the third quarter, a frame in which they held the Cougars to just four points and extended their lead to 13 at 43-30. Another nine-point win in the final quarter gave The 'Top a comfortable finish and a higher-seeded, but upset-minded, opponent to face next.
Summit versus Payne Tech is slated for March 4 at the Main Gym, with tip-off set for 7 p.m.