NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - The West Essex boys basketball team broke open a close game with a huge third quarter to advance past Montclair-Kimberley with a 54-33 victory in the opening round of the Essex County Tournament Thursday night.

The Knights trailed, 20-17, at halftime, but surged ahead with a 19-2 run in the third quarter.

Brett Reo scored 20 points for West Essex (9-8), which is seeded 20th. Oliver Ortman and Zac Balz each finished with 11 points in the victory.