WEST CALDWELL, NJ - West Essex built an 18-point first-quarter lead on its way to a 61-40 boys basketball victory over Cedar Grove in the first round of the Caldwell Holiday Tournament on Friday.

Justin Waack connected for 19 points for the Knights (2-1), who raced to a 20-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Chris Corbo scored 15 points and Jack Montalto clicked for 14 points for West Essex, which will play its next game in the tournament Saturday at 7 p.m. at West Essex High School against either Caldwell or Verona.