BRIDGEWATER, NJ -Sterling White led Bridgewater-Raritan with 23 points in the season opener on Friday to outlast Watchung Hills, 59-54.
Dan Pilsbury led the Warriors with 23 points and Steven Bressler added 13 points for Watchung Hills.
Watchung Hills took an early lead 14-10 after the first quarter but Bridgewater tied it up 26-26 at the half and out scored the Warriors 13-5 in the third. Watchung Hills came back to out score the Panthers 24-20 in the fourth.
“I feel bad for our boys because they deserved a better result,” said WHRHS Head Coach Justin Salton. “Our team showed a lot of heart and passion throughout the game. Unfortunately, we were not able to shoot as well as we would have liked and against a team of Bridgewater’s caliber, it cost us. I am proud of their effort and we will continue to get better. These are the types of games that we will have on a nightly basis with such a tough schedule...it will be the little things that will be the difference.”
Aaron Gao finished with 14 points, and Justin Bryant added nine points for the Panthers.