Cavaliers cruise by Chase, 79-50
The East Rutherford Cavaliers proved to be too powerful for their county rivals, Chase, Friday night on the road. They used long runs in the first and second quarters to pull away for a 79-50 win.
"Our pressure got to them a little bit," said East head coach Brad LeVine. "We scored four or five baskets in a row. That's what helped us pull away. At the end of the day though, it looked like both teams were having fun. That's what it's all about."
"We didn't box out in the first half, and that's what hurt us the most," said Chase head coach Joe Jessen. "You can't give a team like East second-chance points. Coach Levine is right though, everybody was having fun in the fourth quarter and there is no better way to close out a basketball season than with a smile on your face."
Travis Waldroup-Rodriguez scored the first eight points for East before Chase's Josh Wright broke the streak with a layup. Chase cut the deficit to 13-8 on a Caleb Lancaster before East's 11-0 run to close the quarter up 24-8.
Tyrese McSwain opened the second quarter for Chase with two-straight baskets. Trey Dawkins answered with a three-point play that sparked another long East run. By the time the dust settled, the visitors had grabbed a 35-12 lead.
Chase would not go away as Daniel Freeman and Bruce Squires tried to keep their team in the game, but Kaleb McEntyre hit a 3 late in the quarter to give East a 46-24 halftime lead
The third quarter was more of the same. Chase tried to stay in the game but East continued to pull away. DeVonte Boykins did much of the damage with drives to the baskets. When he wasn't scoring on layups, he was dishing to open teammates for easy baskets. As a result, East led 65-36 despite an acrobatic 3 at the quarter buzzer by D'Andre Kelly.
Both coaches cleared their benches in the fourth quarter as reserve players enjoyed a moment in the spotlight. Darius Dowden scored four points for Chase while Darius Beckett, Calvin Camp and Gelan Bristol scored for East in the 79-50 win.
Waldroup- Rodriguez led East with a game-high 20 points while Freeman had 15 for Chase.