WARREN, NJ - For the first time since 1984, Watchung Hills is going to the North 2, Group 4 final after rolling over Westfield in front of a packed house on Saturday night, 77-47. The Warriors ( 25-4) will host Elizabeth on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
“So proud of our boys,” said WHRHS head coach Justin Salton. “Just want our boys to complete what everyone thought was impossible this Tuesday.”
Michael Bressler had a game high 30 points for Watchung Hills. Trevor Bokach, added 16 points, Chad Martini had 8 points and 7 rebounds, and Pat Stefurak added another 8 points for the Warriors, including a crowd pleasing dunk. ( see video here)
Griffin Rooney scored 17 points to lead Westfield (21-7).
“You never want it to end this way, and this group deserves more,” Westfield coach Jim McKeon said. “This is a special group. They won the conference for the first time in a long time. They won 20 games for the first time since the 70s. What this team has done is change the culture of Westfield basketball and that’s what I appreciate the most.”
The Warriors never trailed. Using its quickness and outside shooting, Watchung Hills seized control with a 19-2 first quarter run, starting with a Trevor Bokach 3-pointer and finishing with a Bressler 3-pointer with 1:18 left in the period.
The Hills put the game away in the fourth erupting for 14 consecutive points in a span of just 2:41. Pat Stefurak started with a layup off a Chad Martini feed and then Bressler and Martini teamed up for the next nine points. Bressler capped off the surge when he took rebound from end to end and found a trailing Bokach with a three-point play.
And now Watchung Hills will face Elizabeth at home on Tuesday at 7 pm for the championship.