WARREN, NJ - Steven Bressler and Dan Pilsbury scored 17 points apiece as Watchung Hills came back to down Phillipsburg on Tuesday, 65-59.
The game was dedicated to Warren's Scott Anderson. And as Anderson was known to say, "If you believe, you will achieve."
The Warriors trailed 19-9 at the end of the first quarter but outscored Phillipsburg 34-20 in the second and third quarters. Ryan Keller finished with 14 points for Watchung Hills.
"Proud of the boys, said WHRHS head coach Justin Salton. "We told them before we entered the week that this upcoming week is big for a lot of reasons. We enter the bulk of our season right now, and we need to start making a move. The boys responded with a complete game effort to come out over a really good PBurg team. Dan Pilsbury, Steven Bressler, and Ryan Keller had very productive nights offensively. Yet, it was the team's focus, especially on the rebounding, sharing the ball, and making winning plays that made the difference. Keller and Nick Sofo took two big charges in the first half that really set the tone for the night. Noah Allen came up big offensively and defensively for us. Mike Hopwood came up with some huge rebounds and four big points while Brian Leon battled hard all night and dropped five important points for us. The next challenge is to be able to find a way to come out on top at Immaculata on Thursday as we have not won at Lata in a long time. We need to be able to string together consistent efforts and execution."
Jayshawn Grant led Phillipsburg with 15 points.
Eleven years ago Anderson was approached to organize and lead the newly formed Warren Youth Basketball Association (WYBA) and under his leadership, the association flourished. Five years ago, Scott passed away, unexpectedly. To recognize Anderson's contributions to the youth of Warren Township, the WYBA board formed a tournament to fund scholarships for graduating high school seniors that participated in WYBA as players and/or volunteers.
Watchung Hills next takes on Immaculata on Thursday in Somerville.