WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- The Caldwell boys basketball team advanced in the preliminary round of the Essex County Tournament with a 53-38 victory over Eagle Academy on Saturday.

Hank Morgan scored 21 points for the Chiefs (12-2), who led, 24-21, at halftime before pulling away in the second half.

Brendan O'Donnell and Cristian Talavera each scored 10 points for Caldwell, the 18th seed, which will move on to play 15th-seeded Orange on the road in the next round this week.