Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Patriot Boys Basketball on Hot Streak

Christian Otufale makes it look easy. Photo by Joe Phalon.

The North Warren Patriot boys continue to rule the hardwood with a decisive win over Newton in the preliminary round of the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament January 27. 

The win 51-39 victory is the Pats’ seventh win out of the past eight games. Their previous win, 51-37 over Kittatinny, stopped a one-game stumble to High Point January 22.

“Yeah, we kind of choked against High Point a little bit,” said head coach Rob Steingall. 

The rebound against Kittatinny lit the fuse that launched North Warren into the tournament. 

“This one was fantastic. I really can’t complain too much,” Steingall said. “It’s a team that’s continuing to grow, and we’re continuing to finish games.”

Steingall said the team had some problems sticking with their game plan earlier in the season but have been learning to keep to the plan recently. 

In the Kittatinny game, Christian Otufale led the scoring with 21 points and also led with 14 rebounds. Willmen Diogene had 11 points while chalking up five steals.  

Otufale saves the day. Photo by J. Phalon

Otufale also let the Patriots in the Newton game with 28 points and 10 rebounds.

Next up is Hunterdon Central January 30 in the next round. 

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.