Friday, April 19, 2024

Patriot Boys Capture First Round of Holiday Tournament

Christian Otufale nails two of his 14 points. Photo by Joe Phalon.

Despite some problems keeping control of the basketball in the second quarter, the North Warren boys defeated Perth Amboy Magnet School in the first round of the North Warren Holiday Extravaganza Tournament December 27.

Leading by two at the half, the Patriots came back in the second half to notch a 51-40 victory over Perth Amboy. 

Before they pulled it together, North Warren gave up nine turnovers in the second quarter. 

“One of the things we always preach is take care of the ball, take care of the ball, take care of the ball,” said head coach Rob Steingall. “And we did not do that.”

Steingall said they ran several different offensive sets in the second half and emphasized getting the ball to Luck Stefankiewicz and Christian Otufale. 

“Get the ball in Christian’s hands a little bit and Luke’s hands,” Steingall said. “That worked out.” 

Steingall said he was particularly pleased with Stefankiewicz in the second half. 

“Second half he kind of took over and that’s what we expect from him,” Steingall said of Stefankiewicz. “It was a good moment for him to step up.”

Stefankiewicz scored 10 points with three rebounds while Otufale scored 14 points. Maximus Hambros also scored 14 and led the game with 12 rebounds.

North Warren’s Wilmen Diogene shoots after a pass from Maximus Hambros. Photo by Joe Phalon.
Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
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.