Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Boys Fast Break

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Boys Fast Break

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* The Bergen Invitational Tournament quarterfinals are Saturday at St. Joseph. The matchups are: NV/Demarest vs. Bergenfield at 3 p.m., Northern Highlands vs. Fair Lawn at 4:30, Ridgefield Park vs. Hasbrouck Heights at 6 and Ridgewood vs. Tenafly at 7:30.

* Bogota (15-5), still in the chase for the NJIC Patriot Division title, owns a six-game winning streak behind the strong play of junior F Chris Alcantara. He had 21 points and nine rebounds and played strong interior defense Thursday in a 63-46 win over Emerson. He also had 20 points and 14 boards during a 57-39 victory Friday over Weehawken.

* Junior G Luis Rodriguez scored a season-high 20 points Thursday for Clifton in the Mustangs' 62-61 upset of Kennedy. Rodriguez averages for 5.5 points, but averaged 16 in two games against Kennedy this season. Junior G Delano Dixon added 13 points and five assists in Clifton's defeat of Kennedy.

* Senior F Jon Veenstra is averaging a team-high 15.5 points for Eastern Christian (10-10).

* Fair Lawn (7-12) won two of its three games last week. The Cutters started with a 76-60 victory over Nutley on Senior Night and ended with a 67-64 overtime win against Cresskill in the first round of the Bergen Invitational. Three seniors have led Fair Lawn. Dillon Welsh averages 12 points, and Gal Harari and Justin Ortiz account for nine apiece. Ortiz hit six of his eight three-point attempts and scored 26 points against Cresskill.

* Senior G Clarence Fitchett has been a consistent contributor for injury-plagued Hawthorne Christian (7-7). Fitchett accounts for 12 points, five rebounds and just under three steals per game. Sophomore G David Falcon also has emerged during his first varsity season for the Defenders. He is averaging eight points.

* Kennedy senior G Alphonso Gee has 1,979 points entering the Knights' game today at Passaic. Barring injury, the four-year starter should become just the fifth boys player in Passaic County history to surpass 2,000 today or Thursday against Eastside.

* Mahwah senior F Alex Presburger has been an unsung standout, according to coach Mike Branagh, for a team that has won eight of its past 11 games to climb to 11-8. …

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