Barrons Close Game With 13-0 Run To Pull Away
EDISON, NJ–In front of a packed house at Edison High School, the Woodbridge Barrons used an 8-2 run to end the first half to take the lead, and then a 13-0 spurt to close the game to pull away from the hometown Eagles for the 52-37 victory in a GMC White Division clash on Thursday night.
Keith Hughes, who scored eight of Woodbridge’s last 10 points of the first half, did most of the damage down the stretch in the fourth with 9 of the 13 points to close out the Eagles. Kyle Pearson chipped in with the last bucket of the first half, six points in the third, and four points in the fourth while Anthony Nyers went 5 of 6 from the foul line in the second half. Kyle Anderson had the other two points that the Barrons had in the final 19:48 of the contest.
With the combination of Hughes and Pearson accounting for 81 percent of the Barrons scoring over the last two and a half quarters of the game, Edison had a tough hill to climb. Add to that the fact that the Woodbridge student section was making life very difficult for the Edison student section, and the Eagles had a lot going against them. However, to its credit, EHS didn’t give up. As a matter of fact, the Eagles made a game of it.
Trailing 37-27 with 2:17 to go in the third quarter, the Eagles went on a 10-2 spurt over a span of 5:35 to pull within a basket at 39-37 with 4:42 remaining. Junior Qassim Bass-Ali led the charge with seven of those points including a three point play at the 6:45 mark of the fourth, and a bucket with about five and a half minutes to go. Following a Barrons timeout though at the 4:40 mark, Edison would not score again for the remainder of the game.
Pearson sparked the game ending spurt with a foul line jumper at the 3:43 mark for a 41-37 lead. Hughes then put the Barrons up by seven with a three pointer from the right wing at about the three minute mark for a 44-37 advantage. Hughes then added three more scores at the 2:30, 2:02, and 1:17 marks before Nyers ended the scoring with two foul shots. Edison battled, but Woodbridge was just too talented in the end.
The victory evens Woodbridge’s overall record at 10-10 including a 6-8 mark in the GMC White. The Barrons are also 9-8 in conference play thanks to crossover wins over J.F. Kennedy, Colonia, and Metuchen. Meanwhile, Edison slips to 6-13 overall including a 3-11 mark in divisional play, and a 5-13 record in the GMC.
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