NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - The West Essex boys basketball team advanced in the opening round of the Essex County Tournament with a 48-32 victory over Belleville Thursday night.

Pat Sansone scored 14 points for the Knights, who pulled away from Belleville with a 17-8 showing in the fourth quarter. Heath Kalb scored 11 points and Ian McLaughlin netted 10 for West Essex, which led, 21-12, at halftime.