Friday, April 19, 2024

North Warren Boys Out in 1st Round

Christian Otufale, left, and Wilman Diogene go for a rebound against Kinnelon. Photo by Joe Phalon.

“We just didn’t get the job done,” said North Warren head coach Rob Steingall about losing to Kinnelon despite being up by as much as six late in the fourth quarter. 

The boys’ Patriots basketball team fell to Kinnelon 52-42 in the first round of the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1 of the NJSIAA Tournament.

But still, Steingall said he was proud of his team’s 16-victory season. 

“It’s a good accomplishment, but we had sights on making a run, and we didn’t,” Steingall said. 

Starting out the third quarter behind 25-18, the Pats chipped away with Christian Otufale sinking three two-pointers and three free throws. Luke Stefankiewicz, Lucas Csezmadia and Wilman Diogene each scored once, and North Warren went into the final quarter ahead 33-32.

Lucas Csezmadia sets to shoot against Kinnelon. Photo by Joe Phalon.

By five minutes into the fourth quarter, the Pats led by six, but then Kinnelon exploded for what would be 20 points in the fourth, holding North Warren to nine points in the quarter. 

Otufale hit four free throws in the fourth quarter, going nine-for-nine on the night. He had a total of 21 points. Stefankiewicz finished with nine points. 

Luke Stefankiewicz scored 10 points against Kinnelon. 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.