WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills boys basketball defeated Bishop Hendricken, RI to win the Bottoni & Cruz Holiday Tournament on Saturday, 64-59.
Warrior senior Michael Bressler was named tournament MVP and scored a team high 21 points in the game. Chad Martini had a double double with 10 points and 15 rebounds and Trevor Bokash added 17 points for Watchung Hills.
“We picked up a tremendous victory over the top ranked team in Rhode Island,” said WHRHS head coach Justin Salton. “It was delightful to win a championship with Mr. and Mrs. Bottoni In attendance.’
The tournament honors Anthony Bottoni and Juan Carlos Cruz, and the championship game was played on the 20th anniversary of Anthony Bottoni’s death.
Anthony Bottoni played football, basketball and track at Watchung Hills Regional High School and graduated in 1997. He was killed in an automobile crash in Summit, N.J on Dec. 28, 1999. At the time, he was a starting offensive guard on the Catholic University Cardinals’ football team.
Juan Carlos Cruz was a beloved Spanish teacher and junior varsity soccer coach at Watchung Hills who died in 2016 at the age of 40.
" Congratulations to the 2019-20 Bottoni & Cruz Memorial Honorees, All-Tournament Team," said Salton. "Tremendous players and programs came through NJ this weekend!"
TEAM CHAMPIONS: Watchung Hills (NJ)
🏀 Michael Oyekanmi - Curtis (NY)
🏀 Arthur Harris - Middletown (NY)
🏀 Sebastian Thomas - Bishop Hendricken (RI)
🏀 Angel Sanchez - Bishop Hendricken (RI)
🏀 Trevor Bokach - Watchung Hills
🏀 Chad Martini - Watchung Hills
🏀 Michael Bressler - Watchung Hills
Tourney MVP: Michael Bressler - Watchung Hills