Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Bulldogs Aiming for Bigger Things after Rallying to Beat Ridgewood; Teaneck Is Next

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Bulldogs Aiming for Bigger Things after Rallying to Beat Ridgewood; Teaneck Is Next

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ALLENDALE - Tyson Etienne said he and Teaneck senior guard Leondre Washington used to go at it in his driveway growing up.

"Oh man, he is like my big brother," said Etienne, a Dwight- Englewood sophomore. "We used to battle it out. It was fun for us."

They'll go at it for real in the Bergen Jamboree quarterfinals next weekend.

Etienne, an Englewood resident, pumped in 22 points, 14 in the second half, as the Bulldogs rallied from a big second-half deficit to defeat Ridgewood, 67-56, Saturday at Northern Highlands in the second round of the Jamboree.

The Bulldogs will face fourth-seeded Teaneck and Washington in the quarterfinals. Teaneck handled Fair Lawn, 85-57, behind 25 points from Adrian Baucom.

Dwight-Englewood could be the wild card left in the entire Jamboree. The Bulldogs are 18-1, but playing in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference, they don't get as much attention as their bigger neighbors. They are ridiculously young. During crunch time Saturday, they had three sophomores, one junior and one senior on the floor.

"In Bergen County, we are always the underdogs," said Bulldogs sophomore Jordan McKoy, who had a team-high 23. "No one gives us any respect, because we are a private school up on the hill in Englewood, so we have to come out and prove ourselves."

Saturday, the Bulldogs proved they could come back. Ridgewood (11- 8) had a fantastic game plan and was able to take advantage of its edge on the inside to build a 26-19 halftime lead. They would out- rebound the Bulldogs, 38-19, in the game. The Ridgewood lead ballooned to 38-21 with four minutes left in the third quarter.

"They got inside on us early," said Dwight-Englewood coach Bob Rudolph. "We kind of expected that would happen, but our kids fought back. They played with a lot of heart. We can shoot the ball. We just didn't shoot it well in the first half."

Just when it seemed like the crowd was ready to believe in Ridgewood, the Bulldogs rose up from the canvas. They scored seven points in 41 seconds sparked by a three from McKoy to make it a 10- point game. A three by Tony DeBellis made it 48-43 Ridgewood with 4:50 left in the fourth and momentum was on the Bulldogs' side. …

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