Despite a 19-6 third quarter, North Warren boys’ basketball fell to Veritas Christian 49-45 on Feb. 4.
The Patriots were dominated by Veritas in the first half going into the third quarter 33-17. Head coach Rob Steingall said afterward that his players didn’t follow the plan.
“We had a game plan and we didn’t run in the first half and we did kind of get to the game plan in the first half,” Steingall said afterward.
They did find their game returning from halftime, as Christian Otufale broke out for 11 of the Pats’ 17 third quarter points. But he was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with 12 points, including a second quarter free throw.
“We came back and made a run and then we got out of it again,” Steingall said. “Unfortunately, you know, it’s too little too late when you start out a game not following the plan. Things can go sideways pretty quick, and they did a couple times.”
Craig Shipps led the Pats with 16 points with Lucas Csezmadia adding five.
Heading into their Feb. 14 contest against Phillipsburg, North Warren hopes to snap a four losing streak that began with the Veritas game. Those games included a 73-49 loss to Vernon Feb. 7, 58-40 to Passaic Charter Feb. 9 and 75-35 to South Hunterdon Feb. 10.
The Feb. 14 game at Phillipsburg will be a double-header, with the Patriot boys tipping off at 5:30 p.m. and the girls’ squad playing at 7 p.m.
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.
Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.
Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.
Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.