Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Jamboree Heats Up Bergen Courts

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Jamboree Heats Up Bergen Courts

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The Round of 16 of the 61st Bergen County Jamboree boys basketball tournament is Saturday at Northern Highlands and Sunday at Tenafly.

Here's a look at the eight matchups (with records through Wednesday.)

Saturday, at Northern Highlands

No. 12 Ridgewood (10-7) vs. No. 5 Dwight-Englewood (15-1), 11 a.m.

Ridgewood can challenge with a size advantage that includes 6- foot-4 senior Quin Peene and 6-3 senior forward Chris Zito. Dwight- Englewood carries the banner for the small-school North Jersey Interscholastic Conference after its seven fellow members lost in last week's opening round to Big North foes. The young Bulldogs include sophomore guards Tyson Etienne and Jordan McKoy.

No. 13 Fair Lawn (12-5) vs. No. 4 Teaneck (13-5), 12:45 p.m.

This is the inaugural Jamboree matchup between these schools. Undersized Fair Lawn has survived with a quartet of guards making big shots: seniors Justin Ensuncho and Quamere Crews, junior Patrick Snoad and freshman Darius Sohikish. Teaneck boasts the Jamboree's best backcourt duo of junior Ja'Quaye James and senior Leondre Washington and a hardworking, underrated supporting cast.

No. 11 Ramapo (9-8) vs. No. 6 Pascack Hills (13-2), 2:30 p.m.:

Ramapo has played a challenging schedule and must overcome its inexperience to compete against a savvy team. The Green Raiders' veterans are sophomore guard KC Hunt and junior guard Jason Opler. Pascack Hills' smarts - and big-game shooting - earned a semifinal bid last season, and this group includes seniors Nick Guillemain, Michael Murphy, Kevin Michael and Jason Shill.

No. 14 Northern Highlands (8-8) vs. No. 3 St. Joseph (15-3), 4:15 p.m.

Northern Highlands enjoys the comfort of its home court. The Highlanders must remain patient offensively and all must play well, including seniors Ethan Reisbaum and Brian Reynolds and juniors Ryan Starr and Rich Sikiric. Defending champ St. Joseph features senior guard Chauncey Hawkins, who Wednesday eclipsed 1,000 career points, and senior forwards Joe Radi and Isaac Hippolyte. …

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