WARREN, NJ - After a slow start, Mark Ball scored a game-high 16 points to lift Watchung Hills to a 64-59 victory over North Plainfield on Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors were playing without one of their leading scorers with Anthony Rochietti out injured and Watchung Hills trailed 16-11 after the first quarter. Other players stepped up and Watchung Hills had a 20-14 edge in the second to take a 31-30 lead at half-time.
After the half, the Warriors turned up their intensity and took the lead. Andrew Steinhardt was injured in the game and could not return. David Weidlich netted 12 points and Devyn Spruell added 10, Isaiah Allen eight and Justin LaCapra seven for Watchung Hills.
Coach Salton said,“Today, we found a way to grind it out as some players stepped up in the absence of others. Turnovers continue to hurt us as we had 21, which puts us in a hole all game. When we can take care of the ball, and play team basketball, we are a fun and a tough squad to play against. We have an important week ahead of us as we host a solid Hunterdon Central group, a very tough, favored, and rival Bridgewater team on Thursday, and a county rival showdown against Pingry on Saturday.”
Naim Hanks had 14 points, seven rebounds and two steals and Khalil Dock and Justin Johnson each added nine points for North Plainfield. Watchung Hills improves to 8-5 and will take on Hunterdon Central on Tuesday. The Canucks record falls to 5-4 and they will face Belvidere Tuesday.