Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Highwaymen in High Gear

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Highwaymen in High Gear

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TENAFLY - Teaneck opened defense of its Bergen Jamboree title by becoming the first team in the tournament's 56-year history to score 100 points.

The top-seeded and unbeaten Highwaymen hit high gear in the second half against Lodi and rolled to a 100-52 victory in Sunday's round of 16 at Tenafly.

This is the first time in three weeks that Teaneck has had its entire starting lineup on the floor together and it took just a little more than a quarter for the group to find its groove.

"We were all so ready to play because we haven't played with each other for a while," senior swingman Chris Jones said after scoring a team-high 25 points.

Teaneck coach Jerome Smart, without going into detail, said there were several reasons why key players were missing from basketball games over the past three weeks.

"Sometimes it was coach's decisions, sometimes family decisions," Smart said. "Sometimes kids need some discipline. But things are going well now."

Teaneck (18-0) was more than good Sunday and turned this Jamboree into a bit of a Jam-boree. Jones, junior swingman Joel Hernandez (25 points) and senior center Neville Fincher (13 points) combined for eight dunks.

"When everybody wasn't here, our chemistry was thrown off a little bit," said Fincher, who also was credited with six blocks. "We're so used to playing with each other. We had a few good, hard practices consecutively and we meshed and played like we normally play."

"Obviously they're the best team we're going to face all year," Lodi coach Rob Terhune said. "We knew we were going to have a tough time matching up, size-wise, ability-wise. And I thought we did a good job for the first eight minutes. We hung with them, but after that they just wear you down."

Teaneck's 100 points broke the previous record of 99 set by Dwight Morrow in a 2003 win over Paramus Catholic. …

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