NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - The West Essex boys basketball team had a mini two-game winning streak snapped with a 45-36 loss to Sparta on Saturday.

West Essex (5-5) had defeated Livingston and North 13th Street Tech in its previous two games, but the Knights faced a formidable foe Satutrday. The Spartans improved to 8-3.

West Essex has another tough assignment on Tuesday when the Knights host Millburn at 7 p.m.