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.  

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Matt Schettino led for Nutley with 15 points.  

Verona will travel Saturday to take on No. 6 Columbia at 1p.m.