NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - The West Essex boys basketball team built a nine-point halftime lead and held off Orange for a 48-45 upset victory Thursday.

Brett Reo scored 15 points and Oliver Ortman connected for 13 points for West Essex (6-6), which outscored the Tornadoes, 19-9, in the second quarter to take a 28-19 lead.

Zac Balz finished with 11 points for the Knights, who handed Orange (9-2) just its second loss all season.