WAYNE, NJ - The West Essex boys basketball team exited the state tournament in the first round of the NJSIAA Section 1, Group 3 tourney Tuesday night.

Wayne Hills defeated the Knights, 49-43, to advance to the second round. Zac Balz led West Essex (11-12) with 11 points, and Brian O'Neill and Oliver Ortman each netted nine points in the defeat.

Wayne Hills will play Teaneck in the next round Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Teaneck.