Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Keenan's Threes Spark Highlands

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Keenan's Threes Spark Highlands

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MAHWAH - Andrew Keenan hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to tie it and was determined not to let it go to waste.

So the senior from Northern Highlands hit another one in overtime from almost the exact same spot to win it.

The Highlanders defeated Bergenfield, 64-63, Sunday at the Randy Chave Memorial boys basketball tournament at Ramapo College after Keenan banked in a trey from the right wing at the end of regulation and another with 5.3 seconds left in the OT.

"I told the guys after regulation that I wasn't going to let us lose that game," Keenan said.

Keenan scored a career-high 31 points, including 23 after intermission, and added 12 rebounds and four steals. The 6-foot-6 forward hit a trio of threes, was 8-for-10 from the foul line, and also played the top of the Highlanders' 1-3-1 halfcourt trap.

"Andrew is really coming into his own, and he's worked a lot at his game," Northern Highlands coach Mike Stone said. "You can see by watching, he has a lot of responsibilities on him."

Bergenfield, rebuilding after winning last season's Group 3 title, was and will be without All-North Jersey senior forward Jovani Haskins. Instead, the multi-sport standout will have surgery to repair a torn labrum, coach Marty Rivard said.

"Originally he was supposed to wait until after the basketball season to get his operation," Rivard said. "He decided to get it earlier."

RAMSEY 67, RIDGEWOOD 53 -- The veteran Rams feature one of North Jersey's top 1-2 scoring punches in Joey Carroll and Jack Gaffney and the seniors combined for 39 points, with Carroll leading with 21.

"We played really hard, we played really well," coach Kevin McGuire said. "We hit big shots when we had to have them, we made big passes, beautiful assists when we had to have them, and we got big rebounds when we had to have them. So as long as we can keep doing that, we'll be OK."

Ridgewood senior guard Tyler Porfido, taking more of a role as a scorer after being a distributor the previous two seasons, scored 21. …

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