VERONA, NJ - Travis Jocelyn had 26 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 11 Verona to a 57-46 victory over the No. 23 Nutley Raiders at home on Friday to advance to the first round of the Essex County Tournament
Nutley led 18-16 after a fast-paced first quarter, but the Hillbillies answered in the second ending the half up 22-21. Verona came out strong in the second half, outscoring Nutley 15-7 and entering the fourth quarter with a 10 point lead. Nutley battled in the fourth, but Verona's lead held.
Jack Farrell had 14 points and Joe Zecchino had 10 in the winning effort.
Matt Schettino led for Nutley with 15 points.
Verona will travel Saturday to take on No. 6 Columbia at 1p.m.